Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Brasfield has converged a cream-of-the-crop team of retired law enforcement officers to tackle the county’s unsolved missing persons and homicide cases.
They’re all volunteering for the job, and are residents of Jefferson County. Their law enforcement experience, however, sets them apart — more than 100 years among them, in stints with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, the federal A.T.F., and even the Mercer Island Police Department.
According to a press release from the office, the cold case “squad” will focus on six and ten cases that date back as much as 40 years.
In addition to the recently publicized 1981 case of missing teenager Carla Owens from West Jefferson County, there are several other cases that involve disappearances. They include the case of Robert and Dagmar Linton (1986 – Brinnon); Sharon Giusti and her 2 small children (1963 – Chevy Chase); and Rose Eaton (1994 – Chimacum). There are also several unrelated cases involving skeletal remains found in various parts of Jefferson County over the last 40 years.
So, the sheriff asks, what has changed that necessitates a cold case squad?
Although the cases were professionally investigated as thoroughly as possible at the time, advances in information retrieval and investigative tools may provide some additional leads. Part of the group’s work will include confirming that reports and dental records had been entered into State and National Missing Persons data bases, and that the records ! are current and accurate.
I’ve often thought about examining some of these cases for future stories. Anyone have some good ideas?