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    Birmingham police using Facebook to solve cold cases, including 6-year-old girl's brutal murder
    By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com
    on March 10, 2015 at 6:30 AM

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    The two veteran homicide detectives currently assigned to the unit - Jonathon Ross and Talana Brown - are now using new tools to try to crack old cases. Two weeks ago, the detectives launched the Cold Case Unit page on Facebook, and already tips are coming in.

    "We're trying to reach out to the younger generation, ages 16-30,'' Ross said. "One tip came in this morning."
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    While the first 48 to 72 hours are the most critical in getting witness information about a crime, investigators believe lapsed time often works in their favor since relationships and circumstances change, and people mature. Ross and Brown think Facebook will get their message, and their need for witnesses and information, out to a broader range of people. "This will be a good tool for us,'' Ross said.

    [...]
    Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777, Det. Ross at 205-297-8497 or Det. Brown at 205-297-8490.

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    Colorado distributes cold case playing cards

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    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT

    FRISCO, Colo. (AP) -- The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is distributing playing cards with photos of unsolved homicide victims featured on the face, hoping to get people to help solve cold cases by providing a few details with each case and a phone number to contact police.

    One deck marks 52 unsolved cases, and authorities have two additional decks in the works. There are currently 1,600 unresolved cases in Colorado, including 1,330 homicides.

    The state started the program by ordering 5,000 decks. Authorities plan to order and distribute an additional 10,000 decks in the next year. The cards cost $1.14 per deck.

    The cards have seen success in other states, such as Florida, where 14 cases were solved, and South Carolina, where 10 cases were solved. Among the 17 states where decks are distributed, 40 cases have been solved, and hundreds of tips have come in through phone lines, the Summit Daily reported

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    Violent Criminal Apprehension Program

    A lengthy but informative article about the current state of VICAP

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/...tabase/399986/

    "It's disappointing and embarrassing," said Greg Cooper, a retired FBI agent who directed the ViCAP unit before becoming the police chief in Provo, Utah. "The FBI has not adequately marketed the program and its services. And local law enforcement has not been committed to participating."
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    Florida Forms New Cold Case Team

    Fla. sheriffs join forces to create cold case team
    The team will be tasked with helping agencies shake the dust off some of their oldest and most frustrating cases
    1 September 2015 6:00 AM
    By Elizabeth Behrman
    Tampa Tribune

    TAMPA, Fla. — When a bill that would have created a state task force dedicated to solving cold cases failed in committee earlier this year, sheriffs across Florida decided to strike out on their own.

    The Florida Sheriffs Association, a not-for-profit corporation made up the state’s 67 sheriffs and thousands of Florida citizens, recently announced the formation of the Cold Case Review Team, which will be tasked with helping law enforcement agencies shake the dust off some of their oldest and most frustrating cases.

    “The sheriffs felt strongly enough about this that they wanted to pick it up anyway and move forward with it,” said David Brand, the association’s law enforcement coordinator.

    The team is led by Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair, Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. It includes a medical examiner, a prosecutor, a DNA scientist, a polygraphist and experienced homicide detectives.

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    USF’s anthropology lab already provides resources for law enforcement agencies that include facial reconstructions and other forensic analysis, she said. Almost 10 years ago, the university launched the Tampa Bay Cold Case Project, which works to help give names and faces to unidentified remains and apply new investigative technology to local cold cases.

    There are more than 500 unsolved cases, most of them homicides, in West-Central Florida, Kimmerle said. No agency tracks how many there are across the state, but her team estimates there are thousands.

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    VA - Arlington County Police Department Seeks Tips for 22 Cold Cases

    Arlington Police Still Seeking Tips for 22 Cold Cases
    by Heather Mongilio — September 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    (Updated at 5:10 p.m.) The Arlington County Police Department does not have new leads for any of its 22 cold cases, some of which date back to 1970, but is an the lookout for new tips and evidence.

    The oldest cold case in ACPD’s files is the murder of Maria Currier, 23, from 1970. Currier was found strangled in her bedroom on 100 block of N. Columbus Street on Jan. 8, 1970.

    [...]
    Anyone with information on any cold case or recent crime can call the ACPD Tip Line at 703-228-4242 or the Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

    “Any new information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help detectives solve this case and bring the victim’s family some closure,” the cold case website says.

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    Macon cold case detective Jimmy Barbee looks back on 45 years

    Macon cold case detective Jimmy Barbee looks back on 45 years
    By LIZ FABIAN The Telegraph
    October 1, 2015

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    Intuition guided Barbee plenty of times in the nearly 45 years he chased the bad guys.

    [...]
    Hardened by combat duty in Vietnam, the gruesome scenes do not faze Barbee.

    “It’s not so much how bad it is, it’s the why,” he said. “Why on earth would you do this to somebody? That’s why I took up cold cases.”

    [...]
    There is no clear method to how he solves crimes, except to keep working until he does.

    “You sit down and you talk with investigators and run a ‘what if.’ Then, boom, something gels.”

    Sometimes it’s a stroke of genius that hits when the trail is still hot.

    That was the case when a convenience store clerk was shot and killed during a robbery at a Napier Avenue convenience store.
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    DNA has helped Ventura County sheriff's detectives solve two decades-old murders.

    DNA helps Ventura County detectives solve cold case murders
    By Leo Stallworth
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 07:21PM

    VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (KABC) -- DNA has helped Ventura County sheriff's detectives solve two decades-old murders. But mystery still surrounds the case as the victims have never been identified.

    Ventura County cold case detectives released a sketch of a woman who was murdered more than three decades ago in the parking lot of Westlake High School.

    The murder was at the foot of a dirt hillside in the rear parking lot of the school. Without an ID on the victim and no witnesses, the case went cold. That is until DNA evidence recently linked the murder to 63-year-old Wilson Chouest.

    "DNA was gathered from her clothing and under her fingernails that centered on Mr. Chouest," Ventura County Undersheriff Gary Pentis said.

    [...]
    "This case frames an ultimate importance of working cold cases," Pentis said.

    "Just getting the DNA is not enough. You got to prove that he was the killer as well, and all of that takes time," Ventura County Sheriff's Det. Joe Evans said.

    [...]
    "The mainstay is to try to identify who these women are because they are someone's sister, possibly someone's wife, possibly someone's daughter," Pentis said.

    See related threads on the two victims in the UID forum.

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    Washington State Tri- Cities Cold Cases

    24 Murders in Tri-Cities Area are Considered Cold Cases
    Posted: May 01, 2014 7:21 PM CST - Updated: May 02, 2014 12:54 AM CST
    Posted by Tracci Dial, News Anchor

    COLD CASE MURDERS:
    1960: 51-year-old Edna Wright, stabbed 35 times and had a broken neck, found at her Richland home.
    1971: 60-year-old Ivah McDonnell, brutally beaten with a blunt object and strangled at her Pasco home.
    1972: 64-year-old Viola D'Amico, shot in the chest at her Pasco home, the murder weapon found nearby.
    1975: 20-year-old Shannon Varley, found shot and floating in a pond.
    1977: 20-year-old Diane Merckx, possibly strangled, found in a shallow grave at Sacajawea Park.
    1981: 61-year-old Raymond Varela, a transient found stabbed nine times near the Pasco railroad yards.
    1983: 27-year-old Susan Burnham, brutally beaten to death and found near a rest stop in Benton County.
    1986: 24-year-old Stanley Peterson, shot and killed in a vehicle along Interstate 82.
    1986: 40-year-old Robert McDonald, found beaten and floating in the Columbia River near the Pasco Boat Basin launch.
    1987: 29-year-old Edward Davis, shot several times with multiple guns in Pasco.
    1987: 21-year-old Tracy Lynn Smith, found fface downnear the Pasco water tower, stabbed 40+ times in the head, back and torso.
    1990: 34-year-old Jesus Cardenas, found dead of gunshot wounds in rural Benton County.
    1990: 44-year-old David Gonzalez, shot and killed in his Prosser driveway.
    1991: 29-year-old Francisco Olalde, found lying on railroad tracks in Pasco, strangled and hung over the side of a train car.
    1991: 31-year-old Ernesto Hernandez, beat to death with a cinder block and found in Pasco.
    1994: 72-year-old Evelyn Beagle, suffocated after she and her husband were tied up by two robbers. Her husband was able to break free.
    1995: Avel Ayala Garcia, shot and killed in rural Franklin County.
    1997: 13-year-old Anna Pelayo, found shot in the head on Taylor Flats Road.
    1997: 50-year-old Pedro Garcia, found dead of blows to the head in a field of brush. Some talks of it being a serial killer, nothing ever confirmed.
    2000: 39-year-old Juan Guzman Zuniga, left apartment to take out garbage and came back badly beaten. Died from internal injuries and officers were unable to get information from him after he was hurt.
    2001: 51-year-old Cassandra Ray, found bludgeoned to death in her Kennewick home.
    2002: 50-year-old Gregorio Lopez, gunned down on a Pasco street with an assault rifle.
    2010: 30-year-old Juan Segoviano-Garcia, shot in the chest and burned, his body was found in a Finley orchard that was on fire.
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