The Homicide Cold Case Unit is an investigative unit under the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). The unit's mission is to reopen and reinvestigate cold homicide cases, some of which may be decades old. Forensic technologies and databases are just two examples of the tools at the unit's disposal.
The Homicide Cold Case Squad routinely re-examines all available material and witness testimonies in an investigation to seek for any new leads or angles that were missed during the initial investigation. The team also use cutting-edge forensic methods like DNA and ballistics analysis to reexamine old physical evidence.
The BPD also makes an effort to interact with the locals in order to find fresh leads and information. In order to get the word out and have individuals come forward with whatever information they may have, they may host public forums, distribute posters and other materials, and use social media.
The BPD also maintains tight relationships with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland State Police to facilitate information sharing and joint investigations.
In spite of all of these efforts, many cold cases go unresolved for years, if not decades. The BPD is still dedicated to solving these mysteries and giving peace to the victims' loved ones.