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Waterloo family hopes for closure with cold case

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The recent solving of a 1984 triple homicide has given a new sense of hope for the brother of Jeffery "Jo Jo" Zolliecoffer.

According to authorities, Zolliecoffer's body was found floating in the Cedar River in 1989, eight days after the 23-year old went missing from a Waterloo bar.

Police said Zolliecoffer was shot three times then wrapped in a blanket secured with copper wiring and weighted down with two cement blocks.

"It's really frustrating to have my younger brother taken, and have something like that happen in that kind of manner," said Willie Lumpkin of Waterloo.

Lumpkin said 25 years is too long for his brother's murder to go unsolved, but he hasn't given up hope.

"Beings that they're solving a lot of older crimes now, hoping, like I say, they can go back and solve Jo Jo's, too," said Lumpkin.

Lumpkin said he hopes the person (or people) responsible for killing his brother and dumping his body into the Cedar River nearly 25 years ago will do the right thing and come forward.

"Good things come to those who wait, so we're just waiting for that day to come around and then we can actually give a sigh of relief that you know, he can rest in peace knowing that his case was solved," said Lumpkin.

Anyone with information about the cold case murder of Jeffery "Jo Jo" Zolliecoffer is asked to call Waterloo Police: (319) 291-4333, or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at (855) 300-TIPS.

Confidential tips can be submitted online through the Cedar Valley Crime Stopper Confidential Web Tip Information System.
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