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No answers 2 years after Waterloo veteran found beaten

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Today is a day we remember those who served our country. One veteran, now gone, is not forgotten.

His family is still trying to find answers about how he was injured -- before he died.

It's an Iowa cold case involving veteran Dennis Washburn. On Memorial Day two years ago shortly before 1:00 a.m., someone found Dennis near former Longfellow Elementary School in Waterloo.

The vet was lying on the ground, unconscious with a beat up face and a broken neck. He died a few days later. 

Family members tell KWWL they think Dennis was beaten up and left for dead, but the state medical examiner ruled his cause of death as undetermined.

Police are still looking for answers. 

"At this point unfortunately we can't sit here and say he fell and then sustained these injuries or whether he was mugged or assaulted," said Lt. Greg Fangman with the Waterloo Police Department. "We don't know the circumstances that truly surrounded this incident."

Friends say Dennis was last seen leaving the Jet Lounge on West Parker Street. Police say when he was later found, his personal belongings were many feet away from his body.

He walked with the help of a walker. The walker was found near his body. 

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a break in the case. Anyone with information should call the Waterloo Police Department or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers. 

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