Cold cases can fall into one of three different categories. They could unresolved, in which case there are no known suspects. They could also be unresolved cases that have strong suspects but not the hard evidence needed to make an arrest. Cases could also be cold because the identity of the victim is unknown.
The oldest cold case on the books here in Vegas dates back to 1943. There are also dozens that have taken place during this millennia. All of them share one common attribute-a victim that never obtained justice.
The Las Vegas Police Department encourages citizens to browse through the cold case files listed on their website, in an effort to obtain the missing links whenever possible. Those who have information that could lead to an arrest are encouraged to contact the department at 702-828-COLD (2653).
Vegas Cold Case Unit Devoted to Missing Persons In addition to unsolved murders, Las Vegas police also have a cold case unit devoted solely to finding missing persons from the area. Unlike the cold case crimes unit, cases here only have to be at least 60 days old before they reach the desk of detective Dan Holley, who was appointed in 2010 to take charge of this unit.
In all, there are more than 600 cases being investigated by the department. Detective Holley is the only investigator in this department, with a goal to maintain the most current information possible on individuals on the Las Vegas missing persons’ list.
The 600+ cases being reviewed by Detective Holley only include missing adults. According to Holley, children’s cases never become “cold”. They are continuously being worked on, even after a child has reached adulthood.
The Las Vegas Police Department believes they could just be the only department in the country to have both a criminal cold case unit and a missing person cold case unit. Meanwhile, Detective Holley’s work seems endless, as he constantly updates information into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System or NamUs.
It seems Vegas is a hotspot for missing persons, as many come here on vacation and fail to return home to loved ones. In all, the Las Vegas Police Department reports there are around 1,000 cases of missing people in the local area each and every month.
Cal Potter can be reached at his office if you need help with your criminal defense case here in Las Vegas.
Potter Criminal Defense
1125 Shadow Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89102-2314