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COLD CASE UNIT

The Elko County Sheriff’s Office established its Cold Case Unit in 2007 to systematically review unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1972. The unit focuses on its resources on those cases with the highest probability of being solved with fresh leads and new forensic technologies. In many cases, biological evidence is still present allowing recent advances in DNA testing to bring those responsible to justice.

The cold case unit is comprised of Elko County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, Retired Investigators, other Law Enforcement Agencies, Crime Analysists and forensic experts from around the United States. Programs such as NAMUS and others searching for missing and unidentified persons are instrumental in our investigations.

 Information that, at one time, may have seemed insignificant could prove to be the missing element in solving open cases when combined with new tips and leads. The public is urged to submit any information they feel may be important to a case, and information may be submitted anonymously.

 In every case, there is someone in our community who holds information which may be significant in solving a case. Relationships changes over time and many cold cases are solved when a former witness, friend, of relative is located who is tired of hiding information that may bring a killer to justice. New forensic tools that may not have existed when the original crime occurred are now available to locate evidence that was previously thought to be undetectable. The Cold Case Unit reviews all original case data with fresh eyes and viewpoints. This may close gaps and leads which may have been overlooked or missed when the case was fresh. New national databases may connect local homicides with other cases across the country.



The Elko Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit may be contacted by calling 775-738-HELP.

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