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Homicide Bureau - Cold Case Squad
In the early 1980s an ad-hoc squad composed of one sergeant and two detectives was put together to review the unsolved murder of a twelve-year-old female. The renewed investigation led to the arrest and conviction of the two individuals responsible for the murder. As a result, this team then reviewed and closed several other unsolved homicides. A Miami Herald reporter wrote a series of articles covering the cases and referred to the squad as the "Cold Case Squad," the name was eventually adopted by the Homicide Bureau.
Today, the Cold Case Squad reviews cases based on numerous different factors and explores how new technology and resources, (i.e. DNA, fingerprint and informational databases etc.) might impact a renewed investigation. If the inquiry identifies new suspects, or strengthens the case against known subjects, the case is reopened. The Squad also assists the other Bureau teams with police-involved shooting cases and other major death investigations. The Cold Case Squad has also aided other Departmental entities with high-profile cases on an as needed basis, and, upon request, lends its expertise to other law enforcement agencies.
The Cold Case Squad can always use the help of ordinary citizens. There are currently about 2000 cold cases that remain unsolved, and you may have knowledge about one of these crimes that can help us solve the case. Click on the links below for information on some of our cold cases, and perhaps you can help bring justice to the families of these victims.
Anyone who may have information on the cold cases presented in this web site is urged to
call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477, or to email Homicide Bureau.
The work of the Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Bureau Cold Case Squad receives support from
the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Solving Cold Cases with DNA Grant program.
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