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Inside Look: CMPD Cold Case Review Team

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The CMPD Cold Case Unit has been able to solve 38 cases.

It takes long hours to review them. The unit has a dedicated review team that spends hours reviewing lab reports, criminal history, notes and transcripts to connect the dots.

Jim Zopp, a retired FBI agent, is a volunteer for the review team. He's actually one of two original members who started the group more than a decade ago.

"I think the families of victims who have tragically died violently feel some satisfaction knowing the investigation has been solved, someone is being held accountable, some action is being taken, or we know who the suspects were," he said.

The most common roadblock is locating cooperative witnesses. Some pass away, some move away and oftentimes, relationships change over the years.

But retracing old steps takes investigators back in time, before the crime even took place. The motive is their motivation.

"Somebody knows something. Somebody has seen something. Somebody has heard somebody else talk about the case itself," Zopp said.

They've been able to solve some cases. And for those they haven't solved, every detail is revisted, no matter how tiny the pieces to the puzzle. The team is working toward the moment when those pieces fit together.

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