Relatives of victims of unsolved homicides in Cincinnati have been promised a witness protection program aimed at getting fearful witnesses to testify. The Cincinnati Enquirer says that Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich vowed to help start the program.
The city has 90 unsolved homicides over the last four years. “And in many cases, police say, people have evidence and are afraid to come forward,” Heimlich said. He said that in the program, a fearful witness would be housed in a hotel, or moved from the east side to the west side of the city.
A police official promised victim families a concerted effort to communicate better with them on the progress of investigations. Police Chief Tom Streicher has assigned four officers to the homicide unit to concentrate on “cold cases.” These homicide cases are at least a year old with no new leads, or ones that the original investigating officer was too busy to pursue.