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On The Lookout: WBI To Re-Consider Number Of Cold Cases

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - Solving cold murder cases, not only does it bring closure to families and affected communities, but for law enforcement it could mean catching a murderer who could kill again.

Wicomico Bureau of Investigation says they're in the process of re-opening a number of cases dating back to 2001.

The plan is to dust them off and make them digital.

So far, WBI found nearly 10 cold case files.
     
"The families of the victims deserve that case to stay alive for the effort to continue to move along," said Sgt. David Owens.

Owens tells 47 ABC that file by file, investigators will sift through decades-old evidence over the next few months.

Summaries of the cold cases will be published online on a new site. Each case, he says, will have a different detective in the department tracking leads. They're hoping the new site, coupled with advancements in technology, can close these cases.

"DNA's much better," said Owens. "Some of the fingerprinting parts are much better now, so looking at that evidence, seeing if it needs to be resubmitted, maybe it will bring some new things along."

While old DNA is being sent off and processed, investigators will continue their work behind the scenes.

Calling old sources.

Re-examining facts.

Taking weeks, even months, to read each page of each document in hopes of catching something which might have been missed years ago.
    
"There might be some things we know now that wasn't simply known when this case occurred," said Owens.

WBI say it only started taking a look at these cases within the past two weeks. While there's nearly 10 cases now, there could be more.

As for the website, 47 ABC will bring you that information as soon as it's completed and up-and-running.

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