The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) and other police agencies use a variety of techniques to solve cold cases.
Evidence is re-examined by looking at it again, from physical objects to witness testimony to surveillance tapes. As forensic science develops, it may become possible to reexamine evidence that has already been gathered.
The police may revisit the crime scene and question potential witnesses, relatives, and others who may have information that will lead to an arrest.
Working with other agencies: The police may pool their resources with those of other law enforcement organizations, such as the FBI.
Authorities might utilize social media to ask the public for help, update them on the investigation, and encourage any potential witnesses to come forward.
Even if there have been no fresh leads, police may reexamine cold cases on a regular basis to see if any new information has surfaced or whether technological advancements could lead to a solution.
The JSO has a special division called the Cold Case Unit that looks into cold cases. In this squad, you'll find seasoned detectives who have made a career out of investigating cold cases. To crack cold cases, the unit employs a wide range of methods, some of which are described above.
All homicides in the city, including cold cases, are investigated by the JSO's Homicide Unit. The Homicide Unit investigates murders, makes arrests, and presents evidence in court.
In addition, the JSO requests that members of the public come forward with any leads they may have on cold cases. To encourage members of the public to come forward with information that could lead to the resolution of cases, the department has established a tip line and rewards program.
Finally, the JSO collaborates with nonprofits and victim advocacy groups to aid the loved ones of those who have gone missing or been murdered. Several of these groups provide counseling, legal aid, and other services to help victims' families deal with the loss of a loved one and the complexities of the criminal justice system.