Winnebago County investigators make the past a present and future priority. They're tackling five decades worth of cold case murders, but detectives say they can't do it alone. They've launched a new online option that gets community members involved.
Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers says the most accessible records show 19 unsolved murders in the county since 1959. The Sheriff's Department added a new feature on its website to solve those cold cases. You can look at a description of all 19 homicides and give any information you might have. Putting what investigators know so far about crimes online is just the first step of a three-part plan. Phase two involves labs. Detectives will send in evidence they already have for a contemporary analysis of hair, fibers, prints and DNA. After that, Winnebago County detectives will work on leads. But, this all starts with what you might know.
"You have your choice on how you want to communicate, if you want to tell us what your name is, great, because then we can ask you questions. If you'd rather remain anonymous, that doesn't make any difference. The information that you have is what we're seeking." -Sheriff Meyers says.
He hopes to start sending cold case evidence to labs after January 1st.
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