On Friday, Sept. 15, 1989, a child playing by the Cedar River discovered the body of Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer about a half-mile north of Waterloo’s business district. Zolliecoffer had been shot three times, including a shotgun blast to the back of the head.
His body had been wrapped in a quilted blanket, secured with copper wiring, and looped through two cement blocks. Waterloo police believe it took several days for his body to rise from the river. He was last seen alive Sept. 7 at Goodies II, a bar formerly located in the 100 block of Sumner Street.
There were conflicting reports of whether Zolliecoffer left the bar on his own or was forced out by several men. Some family members believe the murder was drug-related, while other members said Zolliecoffer was against anyone who used drugs.
If you have information about Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer’s death, please call the Waterloo Police Department at (319) 291-4340 or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (515) 725-6010.