The Columbus Police Department (CPD) employs many methods to shed light on unresolved and "cold" investigations. 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.
The CPD uses forensic science and technology, including DNA testing, to reexamine tangible evidence collected at the site of a crime, such as fingerprints, blood samples, and hairs.
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 Columbus Police Department (CPD) utilizes the Crime Stoppers program and other online resources to solicit tips and leads from the general public.
The CPD may collaborate with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other agencies and professionals to collect data and resources to solve the case.
The Columbus Police Department has what they call a "cold case squad" whose job it is to look into cold cases.
In addition, the CPD has solicited tips from the public in an effort to close 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 CPD 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.
In general, the CPD adopts a multipronged strategy to investigate unresolved cases, including cold cases, and collaborates closely with other agencies and the community to obtain information and solve these cases.