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Former Iowa City resident arrested for murdering his wife in 1997

UPDATE: Former Iowa City resident arrested for murdering his wife in 1997

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Iowa City and Saint Paul, Minnesota Police arrested and charged a former Iowa City resident for the 1997 murder of his wife.

Police arrested 73-year-old John Bloomfield Tuesday at his Saint Paul home on murder charges in the death of Frances Bloomfield, who was 57 when she died 16 years ago.

Iowa City Police say the investigation has been on-going since 1997 and advanced technology with forensic science helped make the arrest.

"It's pretty satisfying after such a long time, bring something to a close," says Sgt. Vicki Lalla with Iowa City police. "As fast as technology changes, things we had 16 years ago,we might not have been able to do anything with, forensically speaking, but now they can." 

Through those advances, police say DNA found on some of the material used to bind the body was forensically analyzed and found to be consistent with John Bloomfield's DNA. 

Frances Bloomfield was reported missing in September 1997, by her husband, John after he reportedly returned to his Iowa City house on Wakefield Court from conferences in France and New Mexico.

He said that's when he allegedly discovered their home was burglarized and his wife missing. 

However, later that day authorities in Winnebago County, Illinois found her body in a ditch, bound and wrapped in plastic. 

Investigators found the missing vehicle in November 1997, in an airport parking lot in New Jersey. 

The couple moved to Iowa City from Minnesota in 1995 when John took a job as a researcher at the University of Iowa.

John Bloomfield has been charged with first degree murder and is in custody in Saint Paul, pending extradition to Iowa.   



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