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‘My heart just dropped;’ USF project helps solve cold case

TAMPA — At the University of South Florida they’ve taught detectives how to use sculpture to help solve cold cases. The human busts are constructed from a skull, some clay and few of any clues.

Recently, one of those busts helped solve the case of a missing Tampa woman. But not exactly the way they had planned.

It all started a year ago this month, when Sharon Scott broke down in tears after seeing one of the cold case sculptures of an unknown murder victim on display in Tampa. To her, it looked an awful lot like her long lost sister, Brenda Williams, who had vanished in 1978.

“I don’t know if it’s probable,” Tampa Detective Scott Bullard said at the time, “The time difference there is seven years between the disappearance and the time that

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Cold case squad looks to solve New Castle County murders [video]

The arrest of a suspect in a 30-year-old Wilmington murder led New Castle County’s cold case squad to Dalton, Georgia.

The case of Joseph Braun, a piano teacher, who was killed in his home near Wilmington on July 1, 1985, had sat on the shelves until the cold case squad reopened it.

“I was approached by our now-retired Col. Elmer Setting, who had the wisdom to want to start a cold case homicide unit,” said Glenn Davis, who is half of New Castle County’s cold case unit.

Davis, who serves in a civilian capacity, along with Detective Brian Shahan make up the two-man squad. Davis says his civilian status limits him in some ways, but he’s still able to use his investigative skills to the fullest. 

Shahan is a 20-year-old vet who admits to having to make some adjustments to his work style when he took the job. “I was a little hesitant

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Police enlist help of hypnotist to solve cold-case Yale murder

The long-unsolved murder of a Yale senior has suddenly received new attention almost two decades later, as law-enforcement officials in Connecticut plan on asking for the help of a hypnotist to uncover new leads in the young woman’s death.

News of the hiring by an assistant state’s attorney and investigators on the case of the murder of 21-year-old Suzanne Jovin first surfaced in a Freedom of Information hearing, according to The Hartford Courant.

Jovin was a senior at the Ivy League institution in 1998 when she was found stabbed 17 times in the back of her head and neck on a road 2 miles from campus.

Jovin’s body turned up on the night of Dec. 4, 1998, by a doctor who was taking an evening stroll who heard her screams and ran towards her to help. She was stabbed so hard that the tip of the knife had been found embedded in

Read more at: http://nypost.com/2017/09/28/police-enlist-help-of-hypnotist-to-solve-cold-case-yale-murder/

Police using hypnotist to try to solve 1998 murder of Yale senior

Suzanne Jovin was a Yale senior in 1998 when she was found stabbed 17 times in the back of her head and neck on a road 2 miles from campus.

The long-unsolved murder of a Yale senior has suddenly received new attention almost two decades later, as law-enforcement officials in Connecticut plan on asking for the help of a hypnotist to uncover new leads in the

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/27/police-using-hypnotist-to-try-to-solve-1998-murder-yale-beauty.html

Police call on public’s help to solve 2011 cold case murder

NSW police have appealed to the public for help with identifying a person of interest in the 2011 cold case murder of 37-year-old Saso Ristevski.

Mr Ristevski was allegedly confronted by three men at his parent’s home on Barina Avenue in Lake Heights on September 28, 2011 about 8.30pm before being fatally shot.

Police believe Mr Ristevski’s death may have been part of a series of murders in the Illawarra region.

Two men were charged in relation to Mr Ristevski’s death and remain before the courts, but police are attempting to identify a third man, believed to have been seen in the area at the time of the shooting.

A 37-year-old man was arrested over the 2011 murder in Warrawong, Wollongong on July 1, 2016. (AAP)

A 37-year-old man was arrested over the 2011 murder in Warrawong, Wollongong on July 1, 2016. (AAP)

The third man has been described as being aged

Read more at: http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/09/28/04/59/police-call-on-publics-help-to-solve-2011-cold-case-murder

Solve this case: Who killed Kay Wenal?

Produced by Lisa Freed and Michelle Feuer

[This story first aired on Jan. 17.]

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — At the time of her murder, Kay Wenal was married to real estate developer Hal Wenal – her fourth husband. He was smitten from the moment he first set eyes on Kay in a Reno airport.

“She said she’d bent over to get luggage off the rack and that’s when Hal noticed her,” Kay’s sister, Pam Sleeper, told “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty. “How could you not?” she laughed.

Pam Sleeper says her sister was striking and vivacious. “Hal was proud of her,” she said.

“He used to love to walk into restaurants — she was arm candy,” private investigator John Insogna said. “‘Oh, look at that woman!  Wow!'”

Kay and Hal Wenal

Kay and Hal Wenal

And at the age of 60, Kay was still turning heads

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COLD CASE: What investigators need to solve the murder of Gerald Dilligard

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — It’s been more than a year since police say Gerald Lee Dilligard was murdered inside his own home. His killer is still unknown. The case is cold.

Police are now relying on the community for information. So far, no one has come forward.

Meanwhile, Dilligard’s father is posting flyers, hosting fundraisers, and trying to increase the reward money, so that he can learn something more about the night he found his son beaten to death.

“That person needs to be punished. That person needs to be punished for more than one reason,” Jerald Simmons, Dilligard’s father, told News 2 I-Team’s Libba Holland.

A memorial now decorates the outside of his home where Dilligard lived with his father. That’s also the home where he died. It’s on Rosemont Street in Downtown Charleston.

Not much has changed in Dilligard’s room in the past year. Simmons keeps the light on for him.

The night Dilligard died,

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COLD CASE: What investigators need to solve the murder of Gerald …

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — It’s been more than a year since police say Gerald Lee Dilligard was murdered inside his own home. His killer is still unknown. The case is cold.

Police are now relying on the community for information. So far, no one has come forward.

Meanwhile, Dilligard’s father is posting flyers, hosting fundraisers, and trying to increase the reward money, so that he can learn something more about the night he found his son beaten to death.

“That person needs to be punished. That person needs to be punished for more than one reason,” Jerald Simmons, Dilligard’s father, told News 2 I-Team’s Libba Holland.

A memorial now decorates the outside of his home where Dilligard lived with his father. That’s also the home where he died. It’s on Rosemont Street in Downtown Charleston.

Not much has changed in Dilligard’s room in the past year. Simmons keeps the light on for him.

The night Dilligard died,

Read more at: http://counton2.com/2017/08/15/cold-case-what-investigators-need-to-solve-the-murder-of-gerald-dilligard/

SLIDESHOW: Region Cold Case Files — Can you help solve a murder case?

HOBART — Whoever viciously gunned down Mary Lou Kolczak nearly 27 years ago certainly knows what happened the night of June 26, 1990.

But if they’re not willing to come forward, maybe someone else will. 

“I truly believe that there is a person who knows who committed this heinous crime, but is reluctant to come forward, because they may be afraid,” Hobart Police Lt. James Gonzales said. 

The 49-year-old woman — also a fiance and mother of two adult children — was fatally shot shortly upon returning home to the 2300 block of West 3rd Street in Hobart after working a 3 to 11 p.m. shift at Enamel Products in Portage, according to police.

The case took a twist at the time because there had been several “bump and robs” throughout Lake County, Gonzales told The Times. That very evening, police responded to a “bump and rob” just prior to Kolczak being shot.

“At the time, Detective Leo

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