|Detectives study cold case techniques at BGSU|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:35|
The topic of cold case homicides - and new methods in how to solve them - drew nearly 40 Ohio detectives to Bowling Green State University Tuesday.
The two-day seminar, entitled "Unsolved Homicide Investigative Strategies and Resources Training," was hosted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Due to sensitive information to be presented at the training, the media was only permitted to attend during the introductory portion.
"There's a wealth of experience and knowledge in this room," said Roger Davis, a BCI agent in the Cincinnati and Dayton area.
According to Jeff Cook of the BCI's Bowling Green office, there are more than 6,000 such cold-case homicides in Ohio. Over 1,800 of them are listed on the BCI's website.
Davis, in his introduction, said that unsolved homicides are among the most challenging and frustrating law enforcement cases, and they can go "cold" for a variety of reasons, including a lack physical evidence, unavailability of manpower or budgetary resources to work on them, uncooperative witnesses, or even political pressures.
However - and perhaps counter-intuitively - Davis assured the gathered detectives that "time is your friend now on unsolved homicides."
The years, he said, can change perspectives and attitudes associated with a case, and it can also bring to the fore technology that had not previously been available.
"There's new ways they can test things," he said, noting later that modern technology can, for instance, find sometimes biological traces on evidence that couldn't be done in decades past.
He additionally advocated for the use of social networks in helping investigators.
"What happens a lot of times is, look on Facebook and Twitter," he said. "You may get information passed along."
"The media is your friend on unsolved homicides," he continued.
"The public and people love law enforcement shows," like NCIS and CSI, said Davis. "Use this to your advantage."
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