On Tuesday, September 7, 1976, Marie “Lisa”
Peak was found lying face down in a ditch in
rural Bremer County. The 19-year-old Wart-
burg College sophomore had been sexually as-
saulted and, according to autopsy findings, died of suffocation and a broken neck. None of Peak’s clothing
was found at the scene. Her body was located beside a gravel
road a quarter mile north of Waverly’s city limits.