Ohio Launches Unsolved Homicides Initiative

By Eric Dutkiewicz


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September 27, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 2:53 AM EDT

CELINA, Ohio (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The State of Ohio has launched a new initiative to help in solving homicides across the Buckeye State.

Attorney General Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, and Sheriff Jeff Grey, R-Mercer County, and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation held a press conference today to announce the Ohio Unsolved Homicide program.

Mercer County was chosen, because of the double homicides of Robert and Collen Grube in Fort Recovery in November of 2011.

"We brought together the local resources, " Grey said. "Detectives that know the community, know the people in the community. And then, we brought in the state's expertise, because obviously they have more experience in these types of crimes than we do."

The FBI reports 5,153 homicides remain unsolved across Ohio since the 1960s. Of those, 166 are cold cases.

The database is designed to help bring closure to as many homicides as possible.

"The more data you have, the better off you're going to be, " DeWine, R-Ohio, said. "I will just guarantee you, if we get a significant number of these homicide cases in, we're going to solve cases. We'll get tips, we'll get things that matter."

Every police agency in Ohio would be required to list any unsolved murders in hopes that one of those tips turns up important information.

To help law enforcement officials better understand the new initiative, DeWine will hold symposiums across Ohio next year.

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