Iva Lorene Edwards

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Above Images: Iva circa 1974

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 26, 1974 from Hialeah, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 42 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Iva wears dentures.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white Ranch House uniform.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Iva was last seen leaving her job at the Ranch House restaurant on west 49th Street in Hialeah, Florida at 1:30 a.m. on October 26, 1974. She left with her estranged husband, James "T-Bone" Edwards and they walked across the street towards Big Daddy's Lounge. She has never been heard from again.

    Iva and her husband married in 1949 and had twin boys and three daughters. James was dishonorably discharged before the marriage and was arrested a dozen times, mostly for minor crimes. He did serve fourteen months in prison for grand larceny. According to her daughters, James had a violent temper and also sexually abused them. They told Iva about it on several occasions, but she didn't intervene. All of the couple's children had serious problems as adults, and one of their sons committed suicide while in his twenties.

    Iva finally left James in 1974 and moved in with her daughter and infant grandson in an apartment in the 600 block of west 68th Street in Miami, Florida. She took a late-shift job at the Ranch House to support herself. On the evening of October 25, two days before their 25th wedding anniversary, James came to the Ranch House and waited several hours in the parking lot until Iva got off of work. She never returned to her daughter's apartment. When questioned, James said he'd had a drink with Iva and dropped her off at the apartment at 2:45 a.m. He noticed about five "hippie type" Puerto Rican men in the parking lot as he did so. He had then driven home to Fort Myers, Florida, arriving at 5:45.

    Iva's children don't believe she left of her own accord, because she left all her clothes behind. After her daughters told the police about James's history, investigators began treating the case as a possible homicide. Although James failed a polygraph test, authorities couldn't find any evidence against him. The case was reopened in 1989. The police questioned James, who denied having harmed his wife. James's brother, however, stated James had bragged about killing Iva about a year after her disappearance, and James's daughter and son-in-law both said he'd threatened to kill them as he had Iva. Investigators still couldn't find sufficient evidence to charge James in Iva's disappearance, however.

    Foul play is suspected in Iva's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hialeah Police Department
    305-687-2525

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    Source Information
    The Miami Herald
    The Doe Network
    Official Cold Case Investigations

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 25, 2011; casefile added.

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