Sheriff’s Dept. seeking info on 14 cold cases

Photos/sketches of the 14 individuals involved in the cold cases featured on the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department website.

Photos/sketches of the 14 individuals involved in the cold cases featured on the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department website.

Fourteen cold homicide cases are being highlighted by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a media release on the subject:

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is committed to solving crimes whether they are occurring in the present or have occurred in the past. To this end, The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau has recently reviewed many of the “cold cases” that remain open. With the evolution of criminal investigations, not only in technology, but in technique, Detectives are able to develop alternate hypotheses that might not have been explored during an initial investigation conducted many years ago. Cold cases do present several issues for investigators. As time passes, many of the witnesses or potential witnesses have either moved away or otherwise become difficult to locate. In older cases, often times, the witnesses have passed away. The only evidence there is to work with is the evidence that was collected at the time of the crime. Never-the-less, throughout the past year, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has reviewed several open homicide cases dating back to 1974. In reviewing the case files, Detectives have spoken with family members on several of the cases in order to update files and obtain any additional information regarding the open case. Detectives have also talked with staff at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab to discuss the potential review of evidence, as well as, to submit evidence that may not have been able to be forensically examined at the time of the crime, based on technology. “We will make every effort to investigate all crimes and bring those responsible to justice. We realize there are family and friends of these victims that need answers for the loss of their loved ones, no matter how much time has passed,” Sheriff David Beth said. Fourteen open Kenosha County homicide cases are being highlighted on the Sheriff’s Department website. Anyone having information regarding any of these cases is invited to call the Kenosha County Detective Bureau at 262-605-5102 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333 or 800-807 TIPS (8477).

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