Cold Cases Can Benefit From "Fresh Eyes" and "New Information"
Approximately 10 short years ago there was a law enforcement innovation called CODIS
(FBI's Combined DNA Index System), where evidence such as DNA/fingerprints of those convicted and sentenced for serious crimes is stored. Now Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Evidence Technicians collect DNA materials routinely, but connecting JSO’s evidence with the official "collection" of DNA, especially with any evidence from older, unsolved crimes, is resource intenstive. For those cases that have a higher probability for being solved this way, the agency is continually looking for resources to help make that "connection" to the CODIS database possible.
In 2011 the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office division of Continuous Improvement, along with the Crimes Against Persons
division, applied for a federal grant to offset the cost of running any DNA testing possible on these older, “cold” cases. In November 2011 JSO was awarded the grant.
The $500,000 federal grant was dedicated specifically to reviewing 300+ homicide cold cases that occurred from 1990-2001. It also paid for the DNA testing of homicide and sexual assault cases that meet the criteria and are prosecutable. It also allowed JSO detectives to build a database, in anticipation of further advances in science, and the possibility that other cases may be solved as technology and testing advance.
This review included more than 300 homicides that may have never been tested or are cases where the advances in science mean that we could do better testing today; and cases where the detectives believe that the DNA evidence studied TODAY might lead to a successful prosecution versus the older, less advanced testing that may have been done in the past.
Today JSO detectives continue to look at unsolved cases through a combination of "fresh eyes" by the detectives; a review of evidence (particularly that which may contain suspect DNA); and viable leads or tips that happened during the initial investigation. Often times, NEW information, even the smallest details, can tip the scales in favor of justice. Where there is a probability (or increased probability) to SOLVE these cases, using new information and DNA testing, the agency remains committeed to submitting preserved evidence to the CODIS database.
NEW TIPS and INFORMATION, even in the oldest, "coldest" of cases can make a difference and raise the solvability factor of a case tremendously.
The Public's Help is Needed (sorted by year)
Please look at these UNSOLVED homicides that occurred in Jacksonville, and call (904) 630-0500 or email JSOcrimetips@jaxsheriff.org if you have any information that can help us bring justice to the loved ones of these people.
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If you are a family member of a victim on any of these flyers and would like to update
the image please contact JSO's Cold Case Unit at (904) 630-1157.