Police in Alexandria, Va., have added Cold Cases page to the department’s Web site, featuring information on four of the city’s most trying homicide cases. There’s little more frustrating for law enforcement officers than a case gone cold, says the Washington Post. And because there is no statute of limitations in homicide cases, police keep at it, hoping that one day, with enough persistence or luck or some combination of the two, they’ll discover a key piece of evidence, or a once-reluctant witness will come forward.
Having an unsolved case is “very, very frustrating,” Alexandria Police Chief David P. Baker said. Murder “affects the whole community and people and families. And from a personal experience, these detectives spend a large portion of their personal and professional time and energy to try to figure these out. They don’t forget about them.” Technologies improve, and police are constantly resubmitting DNA evidence to forensic laboratories for testing on cold cases, police said. The Web address is www.alexandriava.gov/police.