Family hopes for answers on 10th anniversary of Robert Hatcher's death

A photo of Robert Hatcher rests on his grave at Zion Congregational Church Cemetery in Treynor on Friday, March 10. Hatcher was murdered on March 8 10 years ago, and the still-open case was recently reassigned.

The parents of a Council Bluffs man who was murdered 12 years ago have not given up hope answers may yet surface and bring a small measure of peace.

Robert Hatcher was found shot to death underneath the Interstate 480 bridge on March 8, 2007. He was 38 years old.

“We miss him so much,” his mother, Marjorie Hatcher, said Wednesday. His death left behind a widow, Christine.

On that day 12 years ago, Robert Hatcher was walking on the pedestrian trail under the bridge, headed home from a job fair. Court records state he may have been there to meet two men about an issue with money — not much else is known.

“We hope someone somewhere may know any detail that could lead to answers,” Marjorie Hatcher said. “Even after all these years.”

Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Brandon Danielson said there has been no new leads on the case in recent years. A new detective has been assigned to it, in the hope a fresh set of eyes may see a clue previously overlooked.

While labeled a cold case, authorities believe it’s still possible to solve, with the community’s help.

Two men were arrested in connection to the murder in 2008 after informants told investigators a number of stories. But little physical evidence surfaced to back up the prosecution.

In 2009, charges against the men were dropped. Over the years, some potential leads have come to light but yielded no results.

Anyone with information regarding the case can contact police at 712-328-7867.

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