Wisconsin Has No Comprehensive List of Unsolved Murders

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin has no comprehensive listing of its growing number of unsolved murders.

A review by Gannett Wisconsin Media revealed there have been at least 282 homicides that went unsolved between 2003 and 2012. Add in prominent cases that date back to 1953 and that number rises to nearly 400. It's possible the number could be much higher.

Lieutenant Wayne Smith of the Columbia County Sheriff's Department recently served as president of the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators. He says having a database of unsolved murders could generate tips and leads.

Institutional barriers have stood in the way of establishing a public listing of cold cases. The progress of an investigation, and how broadly the case information is shared, depends on which agency is handling the case.


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