College Students Helping Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office With Cold Cases

Thursday, October 4th 2018, 6:39 pm
By: News On 6

College students are helping Tulsa County's cold case task force take a fresh look at some old murder cases.

Investigators hope the undergrads might find a new clue that could lead to some answers.

This isn't the first time a law enforcement agency has partnered with a college and had students look over cold cases, but the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office said it's a tactic they hope will benefit the students and the families every cold case victim.

These 30 cold cases have been looked over by numerous sets of eyes, countless times. Investigators and deputies skim the pages, looking for any piece of information that might lead to an arrest.

"We still have a criminal investigations division that routinely looks at these cases. We have the cold case unit that is comprised of retired experts from law enforcement," Sheriff Vic Regalado said.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office has a group of undergrads from the University of Central Oklahoma taking a fresh look at the files.

"An opportunity to lay eyes, and hands, on cases that, again, are cold at this point in time, and, hopefully, identify a piece of evidence or something that has been overlooked throughout the years, and then, hopefully, solve a case," Regalado said.

Deputies said the partnership gives the forensic students experience in their field and gives the victims' families another chance at justice.

"It's telling our citizens that we haven't forgotten about these cases, that we are doing everything possible, including thinking outside the box, in order to bring justice," Regalado said.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is currently working on 30 cold cases, and the students will have the chance to look at each of them.

"There are a few that we have identified that are just a few items, or a few pieces of information lacking to close that case with an arrest," Regalado said. "At the end of the day, we are going to continue to pursue justice, regardless of how old a case is."