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The Violent Crimes Cold Case Squad formed in early 2011 and combined the Cold Case Homicide Squad and Cold Case Sex Crimes Squad. This squad investigates unsolved homicides and sexual assaults. See information about each below.
The Violent Crimes Cold Case Squad was formed in January 2008 to investigate a growing number of unsolved sex crimes from years past. The current number of personnel assigned to the Sex Crimes Section was not adequate to carry the burden of additional cases from these unsolved cases. A federal grant from the National Institute of Justice, a branch of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), allowed a new squad to be formed that consists of four detectives and one sergeant.
With the additional personnel and equipment to take the case load of the unsolved crimes away from the Sex Crimes Section, it allowed those detectives to concentrate on current cases. The Cold Case Squad detectives work mostly with DNA evidence-based cases and use the advances in DNA technology to solve old sex crimes.
Rape kits examined in earlier cases needed retesting for biological evidence based upon the advances in DNA technology. With new methods and more refined testing, many cases that previously yielded no evidence have now deemed fruitful with the use of current DNA technology.
Since the inception of the squad, a large number of cases have been solved and several offenders have been convicted and sentenced to prison: such as the 1982 Wesport Rapist and the 1992 brutal gang rape of a woman.
What does the Cold Case Squad Investigate?
All felony sex crimes that are unsolved from 1970 to the present, including child victim's.
What does the Squad not investigate?
Any sex crime that is not a felony in nature. Also, a statute of limitations on sex crime cases from 1995-1999 prevents the prosecution of some cases during that time period.
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If you have any information regarding an unsolved sex crime please call 816-234-5220 or call the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS (8477).