Tulsa County Sheriff's Office Sets Up Cold Case Booth At Fair


Monday, October 3rd 2011, 5:34 pm
By: News On 6


Emily Baucum, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- All it takes is one good tip to heat up a cold case. That's why the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is putting its unsolved murders front and center.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has set up a cold case booth at the Tulsa State fair. It's hoping to jog the public's memory by putting up pictures of unsolved murder victims.

After all these years, a few of the cases stuck with us -- like Dena Dean, the teenager who left work in 1998 and never came home. But most only a few remember.

Veda Woodsen was abducted from her car, raped and murdered. Her body, left in a field.

"My two other brothers and I were the ones that were on the hill and found her body," said Jack Barnes, victim's brother.

That was 1973. The family has waited 38 years for answers.

"I just think about it off and on. What happened, how it happened? And whodunit," Barnes said.

Somebody, somewhere has to know something - and with all the foot traffic at the fairgrounds - sheriff's deputies hope a tipster comes forward.

"The more people who see it the chances we have of maybe getting some tips that could help us solve some of these cases," said Tulsa County Sheriff Deputy Stacie Holloway.

Deputy Holloway says the booth draws a crowd, but it's often the victim's families who will linger the longest.

"We're still out here trying to get information and trying to bring some comfort to them," she said.

Jack and Ed Barnes say it means the world to them when fairgoers take a moment to stop by the wall.

"I'd like for them to come in here and look at the pictures. See if they might know somebody or something about the cases," Ed Barnes said.

Praying there will finally be answers for Veda Woodsen and all the other forgotten faces.

The Sheriff's Office says it is getting tips from people about the cold cases and will look into them immediately. You'll find the booth on the west end of the QuikTrip Center on the upper level.