Unsolved murders and disappearances (cold cases) serve as a spectral reminder of the mysteries that still plague our societies. Many such cases have occurred in Biloxi, Mississippi, leaving families and law enforcement officials hunting for answers for decades.
The FBI reports that between 1980 and 2019, there were 21 homicides in Biloxi that were never solved. During the same period, there were also 15 cases of missing people. These numbers highlight the fact that many people have yet to receive justice and closure for their loved ones' murders.
These mysteries have various root causes. Some instances may have been mishandled during the initial investigation, while others may have lacked necessary physical evidence or witnesses. It can be more trickier to investigate these crimes because many of them predate modern forensics equipment.
Biloxi police are dedicated to solving these cold cases despite the difficulties they pose. Detectives in the Biloxi Police Department's Cold Case Unit look into cold cases, such as those involving missing people or unidentified bodies. Providing victims' loved ones with answers and bringing those guilty to justice are the unit's top priorities.
Reviewing and analyzing the case file, reinterviewing witnesses and suspects, employing new technology, partnering with other agencies, requesting the public's help, and maintaining touch with victim families are all standard operating procedures for the agency while investigating cold cases.
In 1990, the Cold Case Unit was successful in prosecuting two former police officers for the murder of a judge and his wife in Biloxi. The Cold Case Unit finally solved the case after years of investigation by discovering new evidence that led to the arrests and convictions of the perpetrators.
Unfortunately, while some of these cold cases have been solved, the vast majority have not. Cold Case Unit detectives are still looking for new clues and evidence that could help solve these crimes as victims' families still wait for answers.