Lacking Cold Case Squad, No Closure For Dallas Murder Victim Relatives


Why would someone kill Doris Ojeda, a 41-year-old Dallas mother and former model, as she took an evening walk with her husband? A decade after the shooting, detectives have little idea, says the Dallas Morning News. “We're still at square one,” said Larry Lewis, a retired Dallas police sergeant who initially oversaw the investigation. Ojeda seemed a most unlikely target for assassins — an active parishioner at St. Monica Catholic Church, a devoted wife and mother with no known enemies or hint of criminal ties.

Dallas homicide investigators explored leads, looking for domestic disputes, connections to drug trafficking or other shady activity. They came up empty, making the Ojeda case one of the city's most high-profile and mysterious unsolved murders. Hundreds of unsolved homicides, many dating back decades, languish in the files of the Dallas Police Department, which no longer has a “cold case squad” to work on them. That unit was disbanded in a departmental reorganization two years ago, leaving detectives to juggle old cases with newer ones. Police said they try to give hope to grieving families by reviewing cold cases periodically, testing old evidence and pursuing any new leads that come in. “Whether it's the Ojedas or the Joneses, they all want closure,” Sgt. Joe Garza of the homicide unit said. “They want to know that whoever did that, whoever killed their loved one, is faced with some sort of judgment.”

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