News Reports and other Videos Concerning Earl Thelander Copper Theft Death
Homicide Earl Thelander
Home Residence: 710 1st Street, Onawa, IA
Crime Location: 20877 Gum Ave., Onawa, IA, Monona County
Date of Crime: August 28, 2007
Date of Death: September 1, 2007
Earl Thelander of Onawa, IA, died from second- and third-degree burns sustained over 80% of his body in an August 28, 2007 explosion after copper thieves stripped propane gas lines from a country home he was renovating and let the home fill with propane gas.
With Earl’s death came the nation’s first — and only known to date — innocent fatality resulting from the growing copper theft epidemic.
The estimated value of the copper stolen and exchanged for a good man’s life: less than $20.
WHO-TV (Des Moines) Channel 13’s Aaron Brilbeck reports on Earl Thelander’s unsolved death. Air date: July 29, 2010
KTIV-TV Channel 4 reports on the Iowa Cold Cases website – June 9, 2008