Is Your Cold Case Dead in the Water? Hire a Private Investigator
Posted by Pamela S. on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
No one in law enforcement likes an unsolved, or cold case, but sometimes the trail goes cold and there doesn’t seem to be anywhere to go. Evidence doesn’t just pop up. Not every murder, sexual assault, or theft is solved. Sometimes you need a new pai
r of eyes. Private eyes.
Local and state police, and federal agencies like the FBI do a fantastic job, but even with their outstanding skills, cases go off the rails. Sometimes they will shelve a case, or close it, because they have exhausted every angle and don’t have the funds or personnel to keep going. If you, or a family member or friend have been victims of crime and are seeking answers, hire a private investigator.
There are hundreds of unsolved cases. Everyone loves a mystery, which is why the cold case is often a source of inspiration for fiction writers of mystery books, TV shows and movies. Solving fictional cold cases has even become a game.
Real life cold case television shows, such as America’s Most Wanted, Unsolved Mysteries and Cold Case Files are popular, because we want to know the truth and find justice for the victims. Many of these TV show actually lead to arrests. When you are trying to solve a cold case and bring
a perpetrator to justice, you need to use every resource.
While the public can help, it is often accidental; they see a photo of a suspect on television, and it turns out to be the guy working at the local convenience store.
A private investigator with a background in law enforcement has experience investigating crime and understands your concerns. A private investigator can devote the time to your case when public investigators are constrained by budgetary concerns and a massive caseload caused by cuts to policing budgets. Current crimes have to take precedence with police and unfortunately, your case may be ignored.
Everyone has experienced this; you are looking for something you can’t find and it is right in front of your eyes, but someone else spots it right away. That is human nature, and on a larger scale, this can happen in an investigation. A new focus on a cold case may find a tiny detail that was missed.
An investigator may be able to track down witnesses who weren’t interviewed when the case was open. Local police may not have investigated a crime that crossed state lines. Private investigators, although usually regulated to working in their own state, have contacts across the country, and internationally. An investigator will revisit the evidence and develop new theories, new leads and liaise with law enforcement to obtain closure in a cold case.
According to Police Chief Magazine, most police agencies follow the 72-hour rule in homicide investigations. Police officers pay close attention to the first 48 hours after the homicide occurred, and the 24 hours leading up to the homicide.
As time goes on, leads grow cold, but over the years other angles can develop. Someone can let something slip, out of guilt. They can get lazy. A witness who never came forward out of fear may decide to spill their guts. If you have a cold case that has been ignored, use every avenue at your disposal. The Doe Network and Cold Case Public Unit are groups of citizens who volunteer to work on cold cases.
The Vidocq Society is a group of forensic experts; including private investigators, retired or active police and federal law enforcement agents, and other private citizens, with specialized skills. They work pro bono, helping law enforcement agencies with unsolved deaths or cold cases. Family members of a victim
of an unsolved murder are invited to approach the society for help.
Publicize your case, get the word out to the public. If you have limited funds, and know that a private investigator is your last resort, hold a fundraiser to raise money for the investigation. You need answers, and we are there to help.
Former FBI Assistant Director Tom Sheer has recruited the best from the FBI, DEA, IRS and Secret Service to build a formidable team at Sheer Investigations. Our private investigators have the sensitivity and experience to handle the most delicate investigations.