Police "Very Serious" About Working On Cold Cases

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The Grand Junction Police Department says in light of their recent success in making an arrest in a 34 year old murder, they're determined to work on other cold cases in the near future.

Officials say they currently have 15 cold case homicides, dating from the 1970s to 1997. They say forensic evidence from those cases is still intact.

They say thanks to the creation of a CBI Cold Case Unit in 2007 and major advancements in technology, a number of those cases could get to the point the Benson murders are at now.

They say as soon as they find the time and resources, they will move onto another case.

"We are very interested in and very serious about working on all of our cold cases," said Commander Mike Nordine.

"I think each case we're going to have to evaluate differently and come up with a vision on which is the best way to move forward with that," said Commander Greg Assenmacher. "Because they all have unique challenges."

Officials say they have applied for a $180,000 grant that would fund cold case investigations and help create a stand alone cold case unit. Although they were rejected when they applied for the same grant last year, they hope the success of the Benson murders case will help them get it this time around.

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