Over 230,000 people call Boise, Idaho's capital, home. It has had its fair share of missing persons and homicides that have gone cold, much like any other city in the United States. Some of these incidents occurred as far back as the 1980s, and they continue to cause worry and anguish to those closest to the victims even today. The rates and types of severity of these cases in Boise are detailed below.
Boise Police Department (BPD) reports that the city has roughly 40 active homicide cases, some of which date back to the 1970s. About ten of these cases are considered "cold" since they have not had a lead in at least three years. Several disappearances and missing persons cases have likewise gone cold and have not been solved.
There have been about 100 homicides in Boise since 1980, or about two or three per year on average. While homicide rates have been relatively stable over the long term, they peaked in the 1990s and have since declined.
Because of the absence of tangible evidence and credible witnesses, investigating cold cases is notoriously difficult. Several of these crimes occurred in the '80s and '90s, when DNA testing and other modern forensic methods were not yet in use. The inability to locate and question eyewitnesses is compounded by the fact that some incidents may have included people who have passed away or relocated.
The absence of funds set aside to investigate cold cases is another obstacle. Because to manpower and resource constraints, the BPD frequently delegates cold case investigations to detectives who are already working on ongoing cases. A result of this is that it might be challenging for detectives to give cold cases the attention they need.
The BPD has overcome obstacles and made headway in solving cold cases in the city. For the past few years, the agency has established a special unit to examine and reexamine cold cases. In certain instances, investigators have been able to make significant headway thanks to new leads or technological advancements, resulting in arrests and convictions.