Monday, June 23, 2014


A family learned their son was a murder victim 36 years ago.  DNA testing was used to identify the bones of the victim found 30 years ago.  The murderer died a few years ago, and was never charged with the crime, but did serve prison time for auto theft and possession of stolen property in association with the murder. 

The father of the victim returned to the site were his son's remains were found.  He placed a small white cross and cried.  He thanked the detectives for giving him closure.

This shows the value of DNA for use in the identification of murder victims and of unidentified remains.  We need to do better about collecting DNA from families and victims when there is a missing person or a murder.  We tend to think of a murder as a "case."  But to the family and friends of the victim the murder involves a person; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

I take a different view on cold cases.

Obviously, each case is unique but I feel every penny used on cold cases could be used on today's cases and increased patrol to reduce the number of new cases.

Remember, every cold case was once a new case that didn't get enough attention.

Mike Creek said...

I think murderers should never rest, they should always think we are after them for 100 years. I don't think there should be such as thing as a cold case. Few murders are committed by people who never did anything else bad in their lives and often commit multiple murders.