- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Police Department has re-established a dedicated cold case unit in an effort to solve old crimes.

The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1Z4rTnO ) reports that about 40 percent of homicides each year go unsolved. One of these crimes was the killing of Kenneth Woolsey, a 41-year-old father who was shot in an apparent road rage accident in 2007. His family still doesn’t have answers.

“We don’t know what’s normal. We’ve never done this before,” said Mark Woolsey, Kenneth’s brother. “You see on TV. . everyone’s hopping and running all over the place and in 30 minutes or an hour, it’s solved. Obviously that wasn’t done for us.”

Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin, head of the crimes against persons division, said the unit’s re-establishment will allow the department to take the time necessary to study cold cases.

“Those cold case detectives can now look through those cases to see if they can bring someone to justice,” he said.

The new cold case squad will have two detectives from the robbery division, a homicide detective and a crime scene analyst.

Some officers have expressed disappointment that the new unit doesn’t include more seasoned detectives.

“I wanted detectives who would look at something in a new way, not somebody who would look at something with a certain belief system,” Police Chief David Brown said.

A previous cold case team established in 2008 was disbanded a few years ago when some of the assigned investigators retired.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com



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