More than 250,000 cold cases have accumulated since 1980, a number that increases by about 6,000 each year according to the DOJ. Unsolved cases mean mounting caseloads, which drain resources and result in higher costs for agencies with limited budgets.
"Cold cases constitute a crisis situation, for all unsolved homicides potentially have offenders who have never been apprehended," says Tom McAndrew, who served as one of 36 experts on the Cold Case Investigation Working Group, convened by the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice. "History and research show that a violent offender will likely repeat."
In our latest Investigations eNewsletter, we take a deep dive into cold cases. Read on to find out:
How forensic genetic genealogy solved a sexual assault cold case
How emerging techniques helped crack a 1973 murder
Five ways to solve a cold case
The role of DNA technologies in criminal investigations
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