CBI’s list of “most wanted” persons now includes you
Beginning today, August 12, CBI offers Colorado’s official cold case database on the state website www.colorado.gov/coldcases, CBI Director Ronald C. Sloan announced.
“CBI would like everyone to view this website and consider any information they can provide to help solve a cold case and assist families and other co-victims see these cases progress towards resolution,” said Director Sloan.
The database contains information about the 1,714 persons who have been verified by CBI as homicide victims or those who are missing or whose unidentified remains have been found in Colorado since 1970 to the present.
“CBI hopes that by providing information about these cold cases to the public, citizens throughout the state will be able to assist local law enforcement and the CBI by offering new information that will lead to a resolution of these cases,” said Director Sloan.
CBI’s single-analyst Cold Case Unit was created by the passage of HB07-1272, sponsored by Rep. Joe Rice, D-Arapahoe.
“CBI has created a great new tool to help advance cold cases and to assist families longing to know more about missing loved ones,” said Rep. Rice. “My hope in sponsoring HB07-1272 was to lay the foundation for progress in helping both law enforcement and families resolve old crimes, and I think citizens throughout the state are willing to help us,” he said.
The new website features a searchable database with interactive elements of type of case, county name, law enforcement agency name, victim name, physical description and year crime occurred. The website soon will provide a future opportunity for users to submit a lead or tip to local law enforcement agencies or to the CBI. The website offers the chance for citizens to stay informed of case developments through RSS feeds.
While a number of local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation provide cold case databases online, only the state of Utah has developed a statewide database, after which Colorado’s was modeled, said Director Sloan. The Utah database is about a year old.
Colorado’s website was designed by Colorado Interactive at no cost to the state, Director Sloan added.
According to the Bureau, the information on the new website has been meticulously verified by CBI Cold Case Analyst Audrey Simkins during the past three years. The database contents have been compared against one offered by the non-profit organization Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons with official reports of law enforcement agencies. The FOHVAMP list may differ somewhat from the official Colorado database due to CBI’s verification process, noted Director Sloan.