Iowa City woman found strangled

Body discovered in Illinois ditch

March 29, 2014 | 12:06 am

NOTE: This story was originally published Sept. 25, 1997.

The body of missing Iowa City resident Frances Bloomfield was found in Illinois, authorities said last night.

Bloomfield, 57, of 38 Wakefield Ct., was strangled, according to reports by Coroner Sue Fiduccia in Winnebago County, Ill. Her clothed body was found wrapped in plastic in a ditch about 5 p.m. Monday, a half-mile south of Rockford, Ill., near a soybean field, said Sgt. Lori Patsch of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.

There was no identification on the body, she said.

"We began calling around to surrounding states," Patsch said, adding that the identity was confirmed Wednesday.

The coroner's report indicated Bloomfield died at least two days before the body was found next to Simpson Road. The paved road is about three miles from the Highway 20 bypass. Rockford is about a four-hour drive from Iowa City.

Iowa City police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are in Illinois investigating.

Bloomfield was reported missing Monday when her husband, John Bloomfield, a researcher with the Center for Computer-Aided Design at the University of Iowa, returned from an overseas business trip.

Iowa City police had said the condition of the home led them to believe foul play was involved in her disappearance.

Patsch said Bloomfield's death is being investigated as a homicide. It is believed the she died in Iowa City, she said.

The Bloomfields' red 1994 Honda Accord with sesquicentennial license plate SO51154 is still missing.

Police received a call of a burglary alarm going off at the Bloomfield residence around 9 p.m. last Thursday, but officials said the alarm may or may not be relevant to the case.

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