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State Offers New Help For Unsolved Homicide Cases

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There are hundreds of unsolved murders in Ohio, and many of the cold cases have gone years without any new leads.

But the Ohio Attorney General's office is now offering law enforcement more tools in their search for answers and justice.

Last week, the Jackson County sheriff called the AG's office for help with new evidence.

Sheriff Tedd Frazier is being very tight-lipped about the investigation, but has said in the past that he is focused on solving cold cases in the county.

In his first year in office, Frazier said he will be reviewing several of the unsolved cases, and plans to submit those to the AG's unsolved homicide database, which will allow the public another avenue to call in tips.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) was called out to a home on Sour Run Road Friday.

The sheriff's office is using the BCI experts with the crime scene unit, which can identify evidence and sent it to the state's lab faster than the sheriff's office.

In September 2012, Attorney General Mike DeWine said that his office would be focusing on cold cases in Ohio, and would be offering law enforcement BCI experts to help them with their unsolved homicide cases.

Some of the agencies available include the special investigations unit, which would help with interviews and provide follow-up support, the crime scene unit, criminal intelligence unit, which can digitize reports and help preserve case files, and the cyber crimes unit, which can analyze electronic devices like computers and phones.

Frazier said that by using the state resources, more attention will be brought to the county's unsolved cases, leading to more tips from the public.

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