Nearly a 1,000 murders are unsolved right here in Las Vegas Metro's jurisdiction. Now, a new tool may help close many cold cases. The murders date back decades and homicide detectives want to give closure to those numerous families who left wondering what happened to their loved ones.
That is the goal of their new Web site cold cases are listed with information and pictures. Some of them even have pictures of the victims’ jewelry. Police hope all of this could help solve these crimes.
A lot of things have changed over the past two decades and what used to be the outskirts of town has since been overcome with traffic. But there is a secret here and it's been hidden in cold case files and almost forgotten.
However, a woman, who asked not to be identified, remembers, "I was at home and two men knocked on my door." One of the men told her about the last day his daughter was seen alive in the neighborhood on December 30, 1983.
"She was home from college on vacation and had gone out walking or running and had never come home, the woman said. "She had apparently been murdered."
Diana Hanson's body was found the next morning in a desert area that's now known as Spring Mountain and Buffalo. Unfortunately, a suspect was never found.
Stories such as this have motivated police to form a Web site that helps breath life back into cold cases
"Their cold cases, not closed cases," said Sgt. Chris Jones. "Detectives always have interest. They always want to solve these cases."
Things change over time but those who remember will never lose hope.
"I think it is great," Jones added. "I hope it works for them. It would be wonderful for her parents to have some closure on this."
Closure to help Diana’s family move on to give this community peace and to bring a fugitive to justice.
The oldest cold case dates back to 1952 and there are five cold cases listed on the site. However, police say they will continue to add more cases. The site also gives information about wanted murder suspects and sex offenders.
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