If you find yourself curious about the statistics regarding the number of murders in Illinois by year, different law enforcement and investigating agencies offer reports and insights on their sites. Likewise, the Federal Bureau of Investigation publishes a Uniform Crime Report each year which shows, exhaustively, the violations, crime percentages, and areas of crimes in each state, district, and city.
According to Project: Cold Case, there were roughly 49,026 homicides spanning the years 1980 to 2019. The same website states that round 17,650 of the homicides have been solved over the years, leaving approximately 31,376 unsolved murders in Illinois alone. Project: Cold Case, along with some local, state, and county law enforcement agencies in Illinois have public lists or databases which include information regarding the numerous unsolved homicides or other cold cases which they are continuing to investigate.
Among these lists or databases, unsolved murders in northern Illinois are often included. Some examples include the 1975 murder of Carol Rofstad, the 1986 murder of Cheryl Jean Griffin, the 2007 murder of Alexander Delgado, the 2000 murder of John Conrad, and the 1996 murder of Amy Todd Fleming, among many others. Also among these lists or databases are the various unsolved central Illinois murders, which include the 1975 murder of Carol Rofstad, the 2003 murder of Dalton Mesarchik, the 1998 murder of Jeremy “Chappy” Chappelear, the 1995 murder of Shana Jaros, and the 1994 murder of Sherry Lewis, among others.
In addition, some of the unsolved murders in Springfield, Illinois, which are also included on the various agency websites include the 2010 murder of Kaiser Bender, the 2011 murder of Anthony Gant, the 2006 murder of Freddie Williams, and the 2007 murder of Alfred Dixon, among others. Lastly, a few of the unsolved murders in Sangamon County, Illinois, include the 2017 murder of Reginald Day, the 2012 murder of Landis Bates, the 1999 murder of Carl Dobson, the 1987 murder of Billie Lee Boyce, and the 2015 murder of Neon Bryant, among some others.