Reward in Waterloo highway shooting death now at $14,000

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(WATERLOO-KWWL) UPDATE:  The reward for information leading to the closure of the case surrounding Sunday’s deadly shooting on Highway 218 now stands at $14,000.

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers have posted the new reward information in connection with the shooting death of Micalla Rettinger. Crime Stoppers offers an anonymous tip line 855-300-TIPS or a link to submit an online tip. Information can also be relayed via texting CEDAR plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or leave information at www.cvcrimestop.com

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UPDATE: Waterloo Police continue to search for answers in the deadly shooting on Highway 218.

Major Joe Leibold says they are hoping to narrow down the type of weapon and direction of the bullet. He says the size and caliber of the round will help determine any approximate distance.

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The reward is now $7,000 in the Waterloo Highway 218 shooting early Sunday morning which took the life of a Cedar Falls woman. Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers and Waterloo Police say the reward went from $5,000 to $7,000 in a matter of hours.

Waterloo Police Chief, Dan Trelka, said of the ongoing investigation, “all theories are being considered” in tragic shooting death of former UNI softball player, Micalla “KK” Rettinger.

Micalla died in the apparent random shooting on Highway 218 early Sunday morning, while her friend, 32-year old, Adam Kimball, was shot in the face. He is being treated at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Police say it appears the same bullet struck them.

A passenger in the car with Micalla and Adam was not injured. All three were returning home from work at a Cedar Falls business at the time.

25 year old Micalla was driving the car on Highway 218, crossing the Brinker Lake, Cedar River bridges, when the bullet came through the driver-side window. The bullet struck Micalla first and then carried through her to hit Adam in the back seat.

Somehow, she was able to drive the vehicle to the first exit down the road, the Greenhill-218 exit just, past the Brinker Lake and the Cedar River. Micalla was pronounced dead at that location.

Waterloo Police have not released the caliber weapon involved in the shooting.

In addition, Waterloo Police have not yet said at what distance they believe the shot was fired. Longer range would indicate a higher powered weapon, but police say they just don’t know at this point.

Police were asked if there was road rage involved or some kind of dispute that morning. Waterloo Police Major, Joe Leibold, says ” That was one of the first things we looked into, is to whether these people were involved in a dispute or something that had occurred earlier. The passenger said there was nothing like that. They simply left work and drove here. There wasn’t a lot of traffic. So there wasn’t they cut something off, nothing that occurred to the passenger in the vehicle. They simply left work and driving home, there was nothing unusual nothing that got their attention.”

In addition, a statement said, 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.

Cedar Valley bike trails run through that area, and authorities believe a trail camera or surveillance camera footage could play a role in helping them solve the case. Residents are asked to check their cameras for any unusual activity that early Sunday morning.

Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward in the case, and Waterloo Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding the shooter.

Because the shooting occurred around 2:30 early Sunday morning, one theory is the shooter could be a person who was hunting illegally.

It could also be someone whom just randomly fired a weapon in the area and Micalla’s car was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Highway 218.

A worst case scenario would be that the shooter intended to fire at a passing vehicle.

If you believe you may have any information about the shooting or suspicious or unusual activity in the area early Sunday morning, please call Waterloo Police Department at 291-4340, ext. 7, or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-TIPS (8477).

More information as it becomes available through various sources, one who indicated police may be leaning toward the illegal hunting, poacher angle. Officially, Waterloo Police have not confirmed that possibility..

As KWWL posted earlier, the University of Northern Iowa Monday released this statement about the former Panther star, Micalla Rettinger. Here is that release.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa mourns the loss of former Panther softball player Micalla “KK” Rettinger who was killed early Sunday morning in a shooting in Waterloo.

“Sunday morning, we lost a member of the Panther family. We are devastated to learn of the senseless death of Micalla Rettinger,” Director of Athletics David Harris said. “This news is heartbreaking to our softball team, UNI Athletics and the entire campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with Micalla’s family and friends.”

“I am devastated. KK was a pretty special kid to us,” head softball coach Ryan Jacobs said. “I can still see the smile on her face and I remember the way she always thought of other people first in a genuine way. When we had youth camps, she was the one that all of the kids on campus would be drawn to. This is a huge loss to our team and everyone that knew her.”

Micalla was a 2016 graduate of UNI and an outstanding outfielder for the Panthers. She earned Second-Team Missouri Valley All-Conference honors her junior and senior seasons and led UNI in hits her senior year.

She graduated from UNI with a degree in Biology in 2016.

The Panther softball team will honor Micalla with a moment of silence before Tuesday’s home season finale against Iowa scheduled for 5 p.m. in the UNI-Dome.

Ron Steele

Ron Steele

KWWL Evening Anchor
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