4-29-19 Highway 218 Investigation

On Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at approximately 2:30 AM Waterloo Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 218, near the Greenhill exit.   When police arrived they found a single vehicle off the roadway on the southbound side of 218, on the Greenhill off ramp.  The vehicle was occupied by three adults.

At this time, we have determined that the vehicle was traveling southbound on 218 from Cedar Falls heading into Waterloo when a bullet penetrated the driver’s window, striking the driver, Micalla Rettinger age 25,  in the neck, she later died from this injury.   A passenger, Adam Kimball age 32 was also injured and is currently at University of Iowa Hospitals where he is being treated for his injuries.   The third passenger in the vehicle was uninjured.

The Waterloo Police Department has determined that the victims were returning home from work when this incident occurred.   There is nothing to indicate the victims in this case were in anyway involved in any activity that would have caused them to be targeted in this manner.  

We are asking for the public’s help in locating any person who may be involved in shooting or hunting (legal or illegal) in the area of the Cedar River between the Highway 218 Bridge and the Conger Ave Bridge.  We are also asking anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in this area or has a trail/surveillance camera in this area to contact the Waterloo Police Department Investigations Division at 319-291-4340 Option 7.

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers has offered a $7,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.  Crime Stoppers can be reached at 855-300-TIPS (8477).

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Public Information Officer 
Major Joe Leibold
Investigations Division
leiboldj@waterloopolice.com
319-291-4383

Waterloo Police Department
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

After 4 p.m. and on Weekends,
Please contact the On-Duty
Watch Commander at 319-291-4340 option 2