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Editorial: Police seek information to help solve cold cases

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They’re called cold cases because police haven’t been able to solve them for a significant period of time. But don’t think for a minute that they aren’t on the minds of officers and families.

Police departments would love to solve the crime and bring closure to the case and those involved. If police get a tip in one of the cases, they jump on it, review it and pursue it as far as needed.

The Daily Journal recently profiled five Johnson County cases that so far have stumped investigators. But in each case, they hold out hope that a bit of publicity will jar someone’s memory or pique someone’s conscience, and they’ll get the small bit of information that will allow them to put the case to rest.

In the case of Baby Hope, an infant found slain in a trash bin, Franklin Police Department Sgt. John Borges said, “It’s reasonable to believe that over the last 20 years that individual has confided in someone, and maybe a loved one or parent or grandparent knows what happened.”

In another case, Greenwood Detective Sgt. Eric Klinkowski expressed a similar sentiment: “With the right amount of exposure, someone will come forward.”

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office investigator Bob Sexton said, “Things do surface after a period of a year or more, and you can get something to surface and start tracking it back.”

Christina Dickus’ son Blake was slain in 2006 along with his stepmother. She said, “After seven and a half years there has to be more. That person has had to talk to somebody. How can somebody do that and live with themselves.”

We understand the agony of the families and share the frustration of investigators who would dearly love to solve these cases.

And it’s not just these high-profile cases. Small bits of information can help police solve all manner of cases, new and old.

So we urge anyone with information, no matter how seemingly inconsequential it might be, to speak to police or leave a message on a tip line. It could prove the link that police need to find an answer.

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