Unsolved and "cold" cases are investigated in a variety of ways by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD). Among these methods are:
Evidence will be reexamined and reanalyzed by detectives, who will look through everything they found during the original investigation and then use any new tools and methods they have at their disposal.
Crime scene physical evidence including fingerprints, blood samples, and hairs are re-examined by the ACCPD using DNA testing and other forensic techniques.
Investigators will conduct follow-up interviews with previously interviewed witnesses and suspects to glean any further information that may be useful in solving the case.
The ACCPD uses many methods, including the Crime Stoppers program and social media, to solicit information from the public and follow up on leads and tips.
Collaboration with other entities The ACCPD may coordinate with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to pool resources and expertise in order to solve the case.
The ACCPD has a special unit whose job it is to look into cold cases and determine why they remain unresolved.
Additionally, the ACCPD has solicited tips from the public in an effort to solve cold cases. As part of their Crime Stoppers initiative, they provide monetary prizes for information that leads to an arrest or indictment in any crime case, including cold ones.
When it comes to helping the relatives of those who have gone missing or been murdered, the ACCPD collaborates closely with victim advocacy groups and non-profit organizations. 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.
The ACCPD uses a wide range of resources and methods to investigate unsolved and cold cases, and it collaborates closely with other organizations and the local community to find answers.