|| Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
A. DeWade Langley
Public Information Director
11/25/09 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OSBI Creates Cold Case Unit
Through federal grant money, the OSBI has created a cold case unit. The guidelines for the grant money from the National Institute of Justice explicitly state the cold cases re-opened must have DNA for a suspect profile.
Currently, the few members of the team already in place are sifting through case files with possible forensic evidence. The OSBI is in the process of hiring a full-time investigator. Currently, a supervisor and criminal analyst are working in the unit stationed at OSBI Headquarters in Oklahoma City.
The grant will last 18 months. After that time frame, OSBI hopes to either receive other grants to keep the unit going or receive general revenue from the state.
Since the OSBI is called in for assistance by a majority of law enforcement agencies across the state, cold case team members have many files to sift through. The grant is to pay for work after normal work hours.
“These cold cases take an enormous amount of time to work, and OSBI agents who are working active violent crimes cases simply have not had the time to devote to them. We are hopeful this unit will identify and solve many old cases and bring justice to victims’ families,” Jessica Brown, OSBI PIO, says.