There are 71 unsolved, historical cases of missing and murdered persons in the Northwest Territories, and this year’s territorial budget has proposed to create an RCMP unit dedicated to working on those files.
The unit would consist of three members who would work to organize, catalogue, and investigate cold cases of missing and murdered persons in the territory. These cases can include instances of suspicious deaths, unsolved homicides, missing persons and unidentified human remains.
ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Deputies in Person County have charged a man with murder in a 2013 missing-person case, despite not yet having found the missing man’s body, Sheriff Dewey Jones confirmed Wednesday.
Scott Gerard Sykora, 56, of the 3400 block of Mount Harmony Church Road near Rougemont, has been charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder, the sheriff said. He’s charged with the death of Gerald Pollard, who vanished in January 2013.
The arrest was prompted by a confidential tip, and investigators are relying on forensics in the case, Jones said.
The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are possible, according to the sheriff.
About 10 months after her teenage nephew Jeremiah Pittman vanished in North Carolina, 25-year-old Zilphia Lowery also disappeared — and then, like Pittman, she turned up dead.
Were the slayings connected?
Authorities looked into that question while investigating both homicides, UPI reports. The cases will be spotlighted in a Thursday night episode of AE’s Cold Case Files.
As one investigator explains in an exclusive clip, “We had two people in the same family, in the same year, go missing. … These cases either have to be related or it is a real coincidence.”
While law enforcement reportedly probed the possibility that Lowery and Pittman, 18, were killed by the same relative, it took 15 years after Lowery went missing in 1993 for the truth about her death to be confirmed.