COLD CASE: Fort Dodge Plan To Re-open...

COLD CASE: Fort Dodge Plan To Re-open Missing Person Case

There are 26 comments on the WHOtv story from Sep 2, 2010, titled COLD CASE: Fort Dodge Plan To Re-open Missing Person Case. In it, WHOtv reports that:

Greg Howell of Fort Dodge had his demons. Crack. Cocaine. Heroin. And police say often times to pay for his drugs he would rob drug dealers.

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Americus, GA

#1 Sep 3, 2010
It is a shame that Greg Howell has disappeared and is probably dead. It is also shaneful that his brother, sister-in-law and friends knew what he was doing and did nothing about it. They are just as responsible through their tacit approval of his behavior and lifestyle for his disapperance. For them to blame the police for not resolving the case that they could have prevented is ludicrous and unacceptable. If they had turned him in, gotten him help and changed his lifestyle, things might have been different for all of them. People need to stop condoning illegal and harmful behaviors and start calling the police before people get hurt, not after.

Pomeroy, IA

#2 Sep 3, 2010
Such a tragic loss for the family, but when you play with fire you get burned. Is it really a wise use of tax dollars to spend limited money on this. If the family wants they could hre a private investigator to take a second look. Sorry I don't think we should spend tax money to find someone who was breaking the law.

Des Moines, IA

#3 Sep 3, 2010
So what you both are saying is 2 wrongs make it ok. Ya so he was a drug addict, but if he was murdered thats worse yet. So the murderer killed the drug dealer and now said drug dealer is dead but the murderer is still walking around out there. I come from a parent that was a drug addict. We got that person all the help money could buy but it did know good until that person was ready to change their life. If my family member had been murdered you could rest a sure that I wouldnt stop until that person was caught.
R U Serious?!?!?!?
Sick of whining

Pella, IA

#4 Sep 3, 2010
Funny druggies want the cops en things go bad. The whole family should get help. Sounds like they are all accessories to his crimes, interstate drug trafficking put him in a dangerous situation and got him killed. Wake up while you still can.

United States

#5 Sep 3, 2010
rockyref-how can you blame the family in any way. They supported their drug crazed relative with love. You can't stop a person from doing drugs. Greg was his own person. Read it again! Frank told his brother he needed to change. You must led a sheltered life not to understand how vicious the drugs can take control!

Chanhassen, MN

#6 Sep 3, 2010
Only losers use drugs. He had to already be a loser to use drugs. No sympathy here.

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Sep 3, 2010
When you dabble in that lifestyle, life will serve you up some nasty turns. You play the game, you pay the price. Ripping off drug dealers will get you killed. Heck, playing it straight with drug dealers can get you killed as well. I'm sorry for his family, but it was inevitable he was going to die a bad death the way he was going. I hope his family finds his remains to bury and that those who killed him are put away.

Columbus, GA

#8 Sep 3, 2010
The presumed deceased has two children, friends and family, he had worth in spite of his flaws. Now loved ones must wonder who has the right to determine if one has enough value to warrant an investigation if they are killed and never found. There is a killer out there who got away with an apparently well planned murder over either drugs or money. I would like this person off the street more than I want an excuse to victim blame. What must his children think, the cops are not there to help, and there are people who think it is OK? Some of these posts are appalling. The misconduct of the police is more shameful than a guy using drugs.

Pomeroy, IA

#9 Sep 3, 2010
OK if the family was so concerned about him and his drug use, they could have went to court house two of them make out an applcation for mental health committment and he is taken to a locked facility, or call the police who you want to diss abd have them arrest him. He would be locked in jail safe. How do we know he didn't work for the government and took on a new identity, sad that he would leave his kids, but it is possible. More to this story than we all will know. But regardless he is gone, and should we spend thousands of dollars to look for him? Perhaps the family or his comunity can hire a private PI.
Ppl-r-so-disresp ectful

Fort Dodge, IA

#10 Sep 3, 2010
And for the taxpayers,,we all pay taxes. And if it was you.. wouldn't you like to be found weather your sick, healthy, rich or poor. ITS A PERSON! And just to throw it out there the Fort Dodge Police Dept. has NEVERRR solved a murder case. Sounds like people id go to for help. NOT! Get the facts straight before you run your worthless mouthes. Or better yet get a life. All they are doing is asking for help!

Columbus, GA

#11 Sep 3, 2010
Taxpayer, an emergency committal usually last 2, maybe 3 days for an evaluation, rarely more. The circumstances indicate that it is highly unlikely that this is a case of a witness protection situation. I do think that you are correct when you state there is more to the story than we will all know but I suspect it is more sinister than what you may be implying. The point seems to be missed, there is a killer out there and this killer has received a very disturbing message from law enforcement, that being it is OK to kill as long as you kill someone who doesn't fit the police profile of a model citizen. Please consider that there are many good people in a lot of pain because of this.

Pomeroy, IA

#12 Sep 3, 2010
Serpico = better brush up on your commitals, any chief medical officer can order someone detained for the 2-3 day evaluation, then they go back to court and if the facilty and family feels he needed to be there he won't have gotten out. But you obviously thought he was a fine upstanding citizen so go ahead with your quest, just saying we all don't believe in spending out tax money this way. Also check your facts, the Fort Dodge Poice have solved numerous murders over the years.

Columbus, GA

#13 Sep 4, 2010
Taxpayer, how much would it cost to keep a guy institutionalized indefinitely as you suggest could have happened in this case which would have never happened. And check your facts, I wasn't the one who made any comment about the FD police not ever solving any murder cases, they do however have a terrible track record of solving any complex major cases.
Anthony Howell

Tempe, AZ

#14 Sep 4, 2010
I am a nephew of Greg Howell, I think it sucks that the Police are so lame that they can't find any evidence left behind by tweekers. I was a Meth user, and I know that every time i did anything, there was plenty of evidence left behind. You are dealing with Mid-west drug addicts, probably not the brightest criminals in the world. DO YOUR JOB, even a drug addict deserves justice.
Anthony Howell

Tempe, AZ

#15 Sep 4, 2010
You dont know what you are talking about. You look down on a drug addict, but you probably drink a case of beer every day, and beat the old lady and kids when you get mad. Dont judge, "for ALL have sinned, and fall short of the glory of GOD." rom. 3:23

Your sin is not greater than the sins of a drug addict. If you think so, then life has truly passed you by. Friend.
Alicia Howell

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Sep 5, 2010
Yes, Greg had his flaws, as we ALL do. He was not perfect.But he had a family that loved him, And we deserve answers! I have lost so many nights of sleep, just wondering what could have happened to him. It's the not knowing that is the worst. STOP PASSING JUDGEMENT for just a moment. what if this was YOUR son,brother,father or uncle.Would u deserve to not have any closure? Don't I have the right to stop searching? we can not rest, until he is layed to rest.
Ppl-r-so-disresp ectful

Fort Dodge, IA

#18 Sep 5, 2010
FDPD has not solved any murders or anything serious..! They are quite worthless. WE LIVE HERE WE KNOW!!!- And it pretty pathetic you sit on the computer and talk shit about a man you don't know.. your not from here and have nothing to do with it,, so stay out of it!!
Jeremy Chada

Oklahoma City, OK

#19 Sep 6, 2010
It is easy to sit at home a pretend that your family is perfect and that you have never done wrong. That is the beauty of being an "Internet God". But, just simply judging other people places you below the person you are judging.

The fact that you have stopped whatever you were doing just to post a negative comment shows us all the type of person you are on the inside. Grow up and get a clue, because some of us are here to support people we care about, because they lost somebody they loved and want to have answers.

It is about closure to those who wonder. It is about moving on. I have lasted the entire 35 years of my life without drinking, drugs or even a cigarette. That does not make me any more worthy of my family knowing what happen to me. I made a choice just like Greg did! I would bet money that every person who is on here passing judgement has offered or pressured somebody into drinking.

We are both humans and as adults it does not matter what another person says or tries to do to change you. I am almost certain that for every person who has posted a comment that was negative, has had somebody at some point tell them it is not nice to BE AN A$$HOLE!! But you still continue to be one!!!!!

Kendallville, IN

#20 Sep 6, 2010
Leo wrote:
Only losers use drugs. He had to already be a loser to use drugs. No sympathy here.

Since: Sep 10

Kendallville, IN

#21 Sep 6, 2010
for all of you people that evidently think you WALK ON WATER, get a CLUE! i know Gregg, and beyond his "flaws" he was a great person! I dont care if he did drugs or not, he is still a PERSON! as far as the FDPD, well they HAVE been told about where he might be, but dont seem to check into it! i would think that its reasonable cause to search, if numerous people have told them where Gregg may be! there is always a "clause" with law inforcement! im pretty sure most of YOU people that talk down about Gregg cuz of drugs, are either drunks, or addicted to pain pills! gee those things are Drugs too!!!! When you walk on water, then maybe you would have a right to call Gregg a loser, or say the family is to blame for condoning it! I ppersonally have delt with family and drugs, they are ADULTS, and yes u can commit them, but they are only gonna stop when they WANT to!!! some of you people are iggnorant for the heartless posts you have made on this, like my name says, WHORUTOJUDGE? to Greggs family, i PRAY you get some answers or closure! and to Jim Dandy, YOU spoke the TRUTH!

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