Several murders and disappearances in Springfield, Massachusetts, have gone unsolved for decades, leaving grieving families without answers or resolution. Around 400 homicides have gone unsolved in Springfield since 1970, and many of them are considered cold cases, according to the police. Some data on unsolved incidents of homicide and disappearance in Springfield, Massachusetts, since 1980.
Around 800 incidents of missing people were recorded in Springfield between 1980 and 2021; nearly two-thirds were adults and the remaining one-third involved minors. Some of these cases go unsolved for a long time, even though the vast majority are eventually closed.
There are over 200 unsolved cases of missing people in Massachusetts at the moment, and many of them are connected to the city of Springfield, according to the National Missing and Unidentified People System (NamUs). Adults, rather than minors, make up the vast majority of victims in these situations.
Around half of the over 1,500 homicides that occurred in Springfield between 1980 and 2021 are still unsolved homicide cases. Many of these incidents have not been resolved and are still being looked at.
The Springfield Police Department's Murder Unit is in charge of investigating these incidents, but due to resource constraints, many of these crimes go unsolved. Lack of physical evidence, unwilling witnesses, and a lack of information all contribute to the large percentage of unresolved homicide cases.
The Springfield Police Department and other local groups have been trying to get more people interested in helping solve cold cases and get more funding for police work on them. The agency has released a cold case webpage in 2019 with details on how the public can provide information and tips about unresolved homicide and missing person investigations.
Technological progress has also contributed to the resolution of cold cases. DNA analysis and other forensic techniques have allowed police to revisit old cases in the hopes of finding new leads or new pieces of evidence.