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Andy Cole

Andy Cole (Jail photo)

CLINTON — A Clinton man has been arrested in connection with the 2008 death of a Sabula woman.

Andy Cole, 47, of Clinton, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Alysia Marburger, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

“I’m happy that we have made an arrest in this case,” Sheriff Rick Lincoln said.

Marburger’s body was discovered Oct. 24, 2008, along a private drive leading to some Rock Creek cabins south of Camanche.

According to an affidavit released Friday, Marburger was last seen leaving a friend’s apartment with Cole about

2:15 a.m. Oct. 7, 2008.

Cole was interviewed as part of the investigation and said he left with Marburger and had sex with her in the back seat of her car that morning. Cole also said he left her car about 4 a.m. and she drove off.

The next day, her parents, John and Leone Marburger, filed a missing person report with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

On Oct. 13, 2008, Marburger’s white Hyundai Sonata was found near the 400 block of 10th Avenue South, Clinton. The keys were not in the car and the driver’s side back window was partially down. On the floor behind the driver’s seat, family members found Marburger’s gray striped dress pants and her underwear. The screen display half of her broken flip cellphone was found on the back seat.

More than a week later, on Oct. 24, Marburger’s partially nude remains were discovered lying in a ditch in the Rock Creek Cabin area at 2829 U.S. 67 in Camanche. She had a sweater and a bra on her upper body that were partially pulled up over her shoulders, and she was unclothed from the waist down except for a black knee-high stocking.

Her white purse was found in a wooded area several feet from where her body was discovered. The other half of her cellphone was found across the road.

An autopsy was done, but the cause and manner of death were undetermined. A sexual assault kit was completed at the time. DNA collected from her body revealed a match to Cole’s DNA. The stocking on her leg also was examined, and sperm found on it matched Cole’s DNA.

Cole was interviewed again, and he told authorities he had been drinking and using drugs with Marburger the morning of Oct. 7, 2008. Cole told authorities that after Marburger dropped him off near his home, he knocked on the apartment door about 7 a.m. and his girlfriend let him in. Phone records show that Cole actually called his girlfriend about 7 a.m. that day.

Cole also claimed he slept on the couch for a few hours and then went to work. His employer’s records show he did not work Oct. 7, 2008.

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Cole was serving a sentence at the Anamosa State Penitentiary for a 2010 second-degree burglary conviction when he was taken into Clinton County Sheriff’s Office custody on Thursday, Iowa Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lettie Prell said.

Prell said DNA samples are required for all convicted felons when they come under the custody or supervision of the Department of Corrections.

Cole is being held in the Clinton County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Aug. 3.

The arrest is the culmination of an investigation by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Clinton County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

Both Lincoln and Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf declined Friday to discuss further details surrounding the investigation or what led to the arrest.

Marburger’s sister, Linda Milder of Sabula, said that the family had no comment on Cole’s arrest.

Marburger’s father, John Marburger, could not be reached for comment Friday.


A Clinton man has been arrested in connection with the death of a Sabula, Iowa, woman.

Andy Cole, 47, of Clinton has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Alysia Marburger, according to a news release from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

Marburger’s body was discovered along a private drive leading to Rock Creek cabins located south of Camanche, Iowa, in October 2008.

Cole is being held in the Clinton County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 3.

The arrest is the culmination of an investigation by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Clinton County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

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