WTHR: Uncovered: Indianapolis women search for answers to cold cases. “Two Indianapolis women have joined a team to help push information about cold cases involving missing and murdered victims. Ashlee Fujawa and Anna Eaglin are co-founders of the interactive website ‘UNCOVERED.’ The pair is inviting the public to be part of an online version.”
NPR: Detectives Just Used DNA To Solve A 1956 Double Homicide. They May Have Made History. “DNA testing led investigators to a man named Kenneth Gould. Before moving to Missouri in 1967, Gould had lived with his wife and children in the Great Falls area around the time of the murders, according to the Tribune.”
East Idaho News: Meet the woman behind the largest online missing persons cold case database. “Meaghan Good is the woman behind the largest missing persons cold case database on the internet.In 2004, she founded the Charley Project a week after her nineteenth birthday. There are currently 14,000 ‘cold case’ missing people on the website – most from the United States. The site relies on donations and the teacher salary of Good’s husband.”
Philly Voice: Philly Police launch unsolved murders website, hope public can help find suspects. “The site, called Philly Unsolved Murders, includes a database of unsolved murder cases featuring photos and stories or descriptions about victims. The stories and photos are submitted by the victims’ families, police said.” The site is not complete; more cases will be added over time.
New York Times: How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years. “What does it actually take to identify a person through genetic genealogy? Wading through infidelities and pornography.”
Salt Lake Tribune: Utah leaders hope a new database will help them solve the more than 400 cold cases in the state
Salt Lake Tribune: Utah leaders hope a new database will help them solve the more than 400 cold cases in the state. “There are more than 400 cold cases throughout Utah — unsolved homicides, reports of missing persons or unidentified bodies. Last year, lawmakers passed a bill that requires all law-enforcement agencies to share information on unsolved missing persons and homicide cases that are more than 3 years old. The goal is to help police share information and make connections between cases that are being investigated by different agencies.” Part of the database will be available to the public.
Komo News: Genealogy database, gum help convict DJ in ’92 killing. ” A popular DJ pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping and strangling a schoolteacher in 1992 after being identified as a suspect as a result of DNA a relative had submitted to a genealogy database.”
University of North Texas: A better cold-case database. “NamUs, or the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, is a clearinghouse and resource center for missing person cases, unidentified bodies, unidentified living individuals and unclaimed bodies. Based at UNT Health Science Center since 2011, it is managed by the UNT Center for Human Identification through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Justice. NamUs 2.0 replaces the existing NamUs databases, which were launched in 2007 and 2008. Since then, NamUs has received more than 15,000 unidentified person cases and over 32,000 missing person cases. More than 3,000 of those unidentified person cases and more than 14,000 missing person cases have been resolved.”
Action News Jax: Florida Department of Law Enforcement creates cold case database. “One local man’s push to create a statewide database for cold cases is now a reality. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced Wednesday it launched an online database featuring more than 400 unsolved homicides.”
In development: an online archive devoted to civil rights “cold cases”. “Federal authorities have noted that investigating historic cold cases is extremely difficult due to factors such as subjects or witnesses dying, lost evidence, or original investigations lacking the technical or scientific advances to be relied upon today…. [Northeastern University Law Professor Margaret] Burnham is now leading an effort to create an archive of historical records, legal documents, video and audio recordings, photos, and other materials. Burnham is working with digital humanities scholars at Northeastern to build the archive, which is intended to preserve the history of these cases and provide scholars with a robust resource of information on racial violence.”