Unsolved homicides are investigated by the Cold Case Homicide Unit of the Fresno Police Department (FPD). The unit is made up of seasoned detectives who put in long hours to find the truth and ensure that the victims and their families receive justice.
The FPD employs a wide range of methods and techniques in its investigations, such as re-examining and re-examining physical evidence, conducting interviews with witnesses and family members, and using technological advances like DNA analysis.
The FPD places a premium on community partnerships as one of its primary tactics. They collaborate closely with regional media to raise awareness of cold cases and solicit tips from the public. They also participate in outreach activities and hold events to interact with locals and maybe gain useful information for their inquiries.
The FPD also employs a number of other law enforcement organizations, such as the FBI and the California Department of Justice, in their strategy. These collaborations allow them to gain access to specialized resources and knowledge that can aid in the resolution of these challenging issues.
Unfortunately, many cold cases have not been solved despite these attempts. The FPD recognizes the difficulties in investigating crimes that may be decades old, such as the loss of prospective witnesses and suspects and the lack of comprehensive or current documents. Yet, they continue to fight for justice on behalf of the victims' loved ones.
The FPD has made strides in the resolution of some high-profile cold cases in recent years. A suspect in a murder that occurred in 2003 was finally apprehended in 2018. In 2020, authorities will reveal that they used genetic genealogy to solve a cold case murder from 1984.
The FPD's commitment to solving cold cases and giving families closure is admirable, however much has to be done. There is optimism that more cold cases will be solved and justice will be done as technology and investigation skills continue to improve.