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Retired mayor, police commissioner tackle Daytona’s 79 cold cases – Daytona Beach News

DAYTONA BEACH — One knows every protocol of police work, the other knows every square mile of the city and its unique history. After all, he was once the mayor.

Together, they are taking a crack at 79 unsolved murder cases in Daytona Beach that stretch across 52 years.

Every Tuesday, for eight hours at a time, the retirees pore over records that are detailed in their brutality and morbidity — and yet the job has energized them.

The pursuit of truth keeps them motivated. Justice for the victims imbues them with a sense of moral duty.

Albert “Al” McEvoy, 75, served as the police commissioner of Yonkers, New York, in the mid-1990s and his law enforcement career spanned 36 years. He retired in 2000 and owned a private investigation company while enjoying the snowbird lifestyle. When he retired from his second career,

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Minneapolis Family Seeks Answers in Unsolved Murder


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JSO: Prison letters lead to 2nd murder charge in 2012 cold case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mario Sims thought he’d gotten away with murder, police said.

Then he wrote a letter from prison.

Sims has been serving time for dealing in stolen property on a charge connected to a December 2012 armed robbery and murder case in Jacksonville.

Police said letters Sims wrote from prison to an unnamed person were intercepted by authorities and gave detectives enough reason to return Sims to Duval County for a new interview in the

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DNA On Coke Can Leads To Arrest In 1989 Rape And Murder Cold Case

On Tuesday, a Coca-Cola can led to the arrest of a man who police believe may have raped and murdered a teenager in 1989. Timothy Bass, 50, of Everson, Washington, appeared in court on Wednesday after being arrested for first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape charges. CBS News repored that his bail has been set at $1 million, and it is unclear if he has an attorney at this time.

Almost 30 years ago, Mandy Stavik, 18, went missing after taking a jog with her German shepherd the day after Thanksgiving. She was a freshman at Central Washington University and was home on break visiting family when she vanished. The dog returned home without Stavik, which alerted her family and prompted a search for the teen. Three days later, her body was found in a nearby river.

As if the case wasn’t tragic enough, police think Stavik may have still been alive

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Everson man charged with first-degree murder in 1989 death of Mandy Stavik

Whatcom County prosecutors filed formal charges Thursday, Dec. 14 against Timothy Forrest Bass, the suspect in the 1989 abduction, rape and murder of 18-year-old Amanda “Mandy” Stavik of the Acme area.

Bass, 50, of Everson was arrested Tuesday morning by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. The court set bail at $1 million for Bass Wednesday afternoon.

Whatcom County Prosecutor David McEachran charged Bass with first-degree murder.

McEachran said this is likely the only charge Bass will be facing. He said he couldn’t charge Bass separately with rape or kidnapping because the statute of limitations had run out for both crimes. There is no statute of limitations for murder in Washington state.

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However, the possible rape and kidnapping of Stavik is included within the first-degree murder charge. McEachran said there

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Cold case of murdered teen girl first focus of new Vernon Parish unit

Here are mugshots received from Central Louisiana law enforcement agencies for the week of Nov. 27, 2017. A criminal charge is a formal accusation that someone has committed a crime. All those pictured are innocent until proven guilty. To view those held in Rapides Parish detention facilities, go to www.rpso.org/inmates/all.
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Man Sentenced to Life in Prison in 1992 Cold Case Murder – NECN

A Massachusetts man found guilty of murdering a Boston woman in her South End apartment more than 25 years ago has been sentenced to life in prison, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

James Witkowski, 45, was found guilty Monday of killing Lena Bruce on July 11, 1992, when he was 19 and homeless.

Investigators say Bruce, who was 21, was bound with a telephone cord, sexually assaulted and asphyxiated. Jurors did not consider a sexual assault charge because the statute of limitations had expired.

Officials say the intruder got in through an open window that night by a fire escape in an alley behind the apartment building.

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Sperm cells were found at the scene and skin cells were found beneath Bruce’s fingernails. Both were stored under laboratory conditions. In 1998 the skin

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Man Sentenced to Life in Prison in 1992 Cold Case Murder

A Massachusetts man found guilty of murdering a Boston woman in her South End apartment more than 25 years ago has been sentenced to life in prison, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

James Witkowski, 45, was found guilty Monday of killing Lena Bruce on July 11, 1992, when he was 19 and homeless.

Investigators say Bruce, who was 21, was bound with a telephone cord, sexually assaulted and asphyxiated. Jurors did not consider a sexual assault charge because the statute of limitations had expired.

Officials say the intruder got in through an open window that night by a fire escape in an alley behind the apartment building.

Sperm cells were found at the scene and skin cells were found beneath Bruce’s fingernails. Both were stored under laboratory conditions. In 1998 the skin and sperm cells were determined to be a DNA match.

A DNA profile was uploaded

Read more at: https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Man-Sentenced-to-Life-in-Prison-in-1992-Cold-Case-Murder-464225573.html