New cold case website hoping to get public’s help in solving cases

Published: Oct. 18, 2019 at 5:04 PM AKDT
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A new website from The Alaska Department of Public Safety is trying to use the public’s help to solve cold case homicides and missing person cases. According to a press release from the Alaska State Troopers they are hoping the website inspires people to help out.

New DNA technology has recently helped the Cold Case Investigations Unit solve a number of cases in Alaska. In February, Troopers arrested Steven Downs of Maine for a 1993 murder at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Investigator Al Bell with the troopers said there are approximately 69 unsolved cold case homicides and over 100 missing persons.

He said the website lists the unsolved homicides and missing persons so the public can go through the site and then contact troopers.

"DPS is hoping the public will be inspired to get involved, to put these cases to rest. Information, DNA, or maybe even dental records can be matched to newly or previously discovered remains, this can be used to bring some of these cases to a close," Bell said.

The website can be found at:

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