Project: Cold Case is a one-of-a-kind organization that was born out of the desire to serve families that have lost loved ones to unsolved homicides.
Cases go cold for numerous reasons, but the fact remains that once a case is deemed “cold,” hope diminishes. While many law enforcement agencies have Cold Case Units, they are typically undermanned and utilize a “solvability factor” that prioritizes cases with the most favorable evidence such as witness cooperation, DNA profiles, known suspects, and physical evidence, to name a few.
That prioritization has led to a significant number of cold case arrests, particularly with the technological advances of DNA testing. But it leaves a great number of cases at the bottom of the priority list not being re-investigated and often times left out of the public eye. Even though, in many cases, all the investigator needs to advance the case is that one witness to come forward.
Project: Cold Case is a not-for-profit organization with an ambitious goal of publicizing all unsolved homicides in the United States while linking information, families, and law enforcement, and ultimately, helping to solve cold cases.
Project: Cold Case was founded in 2015 after seeing a need for more support for families that have yet to receive justice in their loved one’s case.
The original idea was simply to add unsolved murder victims’ photos to a website, indicating that there are people who care and their stories will never be forgotten. That quickly expanded to offering insight to survivor families and law enforcement.
Today, Project: Cold Case works closely with surviving family members and law enforcement, educating both parties on the struggles of living with an unsolved case and why these cases are incredibly difficult to solve.
When families need a little assistance, some advice on how to move forward or navigate a specific issue, or simply want to have their loved one memorialized forever, that’s where Project: Cold Case comes into play. We work diligently to memorialize those that were taken too soon while supporting the families through their grief journey.