WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – A young woman is dead and her boyfriend wounded in a Waterloo highway shooting. The answers to how it happened and why remain a mystery.
Now, two days after the shooting, Waterloo Police Chief, Dan Trelka, is making a direct appeal to the ‘conscience’ of whomever fired the fatal shot, which killed former UNI softball star, 25-year-old Micalla Rettinger, and wounded 32-year-old Adam Kimball. Adam survived and is recovering.
Chief Trelka’s appeal is straight forward to the shooter:
Please come forward and tell police exactly what happened. Help the Rettinger family make some sense of this tragedy and find some closure in the midst of their immense grief. Don’t carry the burden of such guilt. It will eat you alive. Do the right thing. Let your conscience bring you forward.
Chief Trelka won’t yet say if his investigators think the shooting may have been an accident. That a person, out late in the woods, perhaps hunting, legally or illegally, may have fired, what would have to be considered a ‘one-in-a-million’ shot which, tragically, hit the Micalla’s Jeep as she drive south on Highway 218, just a little after 2:30 Sunday morning.
Chief Trelka says a bullet fragment was discovered and retrieved at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, while Adam Kimball was being treated for his gunshot wound to the face.
That discovery will tell Waterloo Police exactly what caliber weapon fired the bullet and will help investigators determine an approximate distance the bullet traveled before hitting Rettinger and Kimball.
However, at this time in the investigation, a Waterloo Police source says the caliber of the bullet will not be released to the public Police want to keep that secret for the time being, as, now, only the shooter and police know the caliber.
Police have been searching the wooded areas near the Highway 218 bridges over Brinker Lake and the Cedar River. They are looking for shell casings or any possible evidence in connection with the shooting.
Waterloo Police are also asking residents in the shooting area to check their surveillance and trail cameras for any unusual activity early Sunday morning, April 28. The video and audio from those recordings could prove valuable to investigators in the case.
A reminder, Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers is already offering a $7,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.