While solving cold cases can seem daunting it does happen, even many years
after a crime.
A case in point is a Pennsylvania homicide. Alfred Barnes, a Bethlehem Steel
employee was found shot, his body dumped in a field October 18, 1968. More than 40 years later, and the case still unsolved, the victim’s nephew contacted police and asked them to try again.
Investigators found the case file, went through details, interviewed still-living
witnesses and did solve that case when they got a confession from a man living in Texas. It was one of the oldest cold cases in Pennsylvania to be solved.
Nationally the number of unsolved violent crimes increases year over year,
according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. But evidence shows it pays off when investigators are assigned to focus on old cases.
Bringing old cases to a solution requires meticulous attention to detail. But many times what is needed is a decision by witnesses or other people with knowledge of a felony crime to just do the right thing.
Review some featured local cold cases here.