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General Cold Case Resources


America's Most Wanted Television Program
http://www.amw.com

This website provides information about the nonfiction television program, America's Most Wanted, and offers links to information about missing persons, missing children, unsolved crimes and wanted fugitives.

Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation
http://www.carolesundfoundation.com/index.php

"The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation is committed to raising public awareness of the issue of missing persons, who have gone missing under suspicious circumstances, and of innocent people who have fallen victim to the most violent of crimes" by offering reward monies, as well as newsletters, fingerprint kits, ID kits, and DNA kits."

Child Abduction and Serial Murder Investigative Resources Center (CASMIRC)
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/isd/cirg/ncavc.htm#casmirc

This center was established within the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime "to provide investigative support through the coordination and provision of federal law enforcement resources, training, and application of other multidisciplinary expertise, and to assist federal, state, and local authorities in matters involving child abductions, mysterious disappearances of children, child homicide, and serial murder across the country."

Cold Case Analysis Program (CCAP)
http://www.academy-group.com/Cold%20Case%20CCAP.htm

The CCAP offers cold case assistance to law enforcement through the following services: [1] Evaluating case for solvability potential [2] Case organization/reorganization for maximum usage [3] Development of a phased investigative action plan [4] Crime Analysis [5] Search Warrant assistance [6] Witness & offender – Interview/interrogation selection plan [7] Interview and Interrogation tactics/strategies for targeted individuals [8] Designing appropriate media strategy to facilitate investigative efforts [9] Planning of covert investigative phase, if applicable [10] Prosecutor and Prosecutive strategies and [11] Expert testimony.

Cold Case Center, Website for the National Center of Cold Cases
http://www.coldcasecenter.com

This website offers links to organizations and law enforcement agencies engaged in the resolution of cold cases.

Cold Case Files: Television Program
http://www.citv.com.au/shows/showDetail.aspx?ShowID=18

This television program, based on nonfiction events, "investigates the pursuit and resolution of long-unsolved cases."

Cold Case Forum, LLC.
http://coldcaseforum.com

"The Cold Case Forum, LLC has been founded to provide training to police departments and other law enforcement agencies whose personnel are asked to carry out the serious job of solving open or unsolved homicides."

Cold Cases Group
http://www.coldcasesgroup.com

This website contains links to the following volunteer organizations in order to assist in the resolution of cold case: Missing Pieces, The Lost and Found, Project EDAN, Tent Girl, and the Doe Network.

Cold Cases Investigations Discussion Forum
http://officialcoldcaseinvestigations.com

This website is an online forum for discussion about cold cases.

Community United Effort (CUE): Center for Missing Persons
http://www.ncmissingpersons.org

This website offers information about missing persons.

Crime Stoppers International
http://www.c-s-i.org

This umbrella organization provides guidelines and assistance to the estimated "1,200 Crime Stoppers programs in communities around the world," each of which is designed to reward persons who provide anonymous tips about crimes."

CrimeNet
http://www.crimenet.com.au

This Australian website provides "a combined information service on criminal records, stolen property, missing persons, wanted persons, con artists and unsolved crimes."

Doe Network (International Center for Missing & Unidentified Persons)
http://www.doenetwork.org

"The Doe Network is a volunteer organization devoted to assisting Law Enforcement in solving cold cases concerning Unexplained Disappearances and Unidentified Victims from North America, Australia and Europe … in three ways; by giving the cases exposure on our website, by having our volunteers search for clues on these cases as well as making possible matches between missing and unidentified persons and lastly through attempting to get media exposure for these cases that need and deserve it."

Echo's List of Cold Case Squads
http://www.echonyc.com/~horn/restless/ccslist.html

This website lists police cold case squads, organized by state.

Families of Homicide Victims & Missing Persons (FOHVAMP)
http://www.unresolvedhomicides.org

FOHVAMP "is a nonprofit organization working in Colorado to find, support and empower families suffering from a loved one's unresolved murder or long-time disappearance."

Federal Bureau of Investigation: Wanted by the FBI
http://www.fbi.gov/wanted.htm

This website offers links to information about wanted criminals, parental kidnappings, and missing persons, as well as unsolved crimes (see "Seeking Information" link).

Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science National Cold Case Center
http://www.hcleeinstitute.com/worxcms_published/events_page28.shtml

"The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science National Cold Case Center works exclusively with law enforcement agencies to provide assistance in resolving old homicide and serious assault cases" through training and case evaluation.

Hidden Traces: New Clues for Cold Cases: Television Program
http://www.courttv.com/news/hiddentraces/index2.html

This television program, based on nonfiction events, "focuses on cases in which one fingerprint, one hit of DNA, one whispered secret, one hidden trace could mean prosecuting a murder, finding the loot or solving a mystery."

I Care: Missing Persons Cold Cases
http://icaremissingpersonscoldcases.yuku.com/bicaremissingpersonscoldcases

This website offers an online discussion forum about cold cases.

Institute for Cold Case Evaluation (ICCE)
http://www.wvu.edu/~icce

"The Institute for Cold Case Evaluation (ICCE) was created to assist law enforcement agencies with solving cold cases as well as developing management techniques to effectively control cold case backlogs."

Lost and the Found Global Resource Center
http://www.thelostandthefound.com

LFGRC "was evolved to provide new. and highlight existing important programs and services, in the volunteer sector, to assist Law Enforcement Agencies in the identification process of the deceased as well as the location of the missing."

Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigators Association
http://www.coldcasehomicide.org

"The purpose of the Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigators Association is: [1] To establish an esprit d’corps among cold case homicide investigators within the Mid-Atlantic region as well as nationally [2] To provide a forum to discuss and exchange information [3] To conduct seminars, conferences and training opportunities related to all phases of a cold case homicide investigation [and 4] To open lines of inter-agency communication, as well as promote, encourage and foster the controlled exchange of need to know information between all agencies who may be involved in a multi-jurisdictional investigation."

Missing Persons' Cold Case Network (MPCCN)
http://www.angelfire.com/mi3/mpccn/index.html

"Volunteer maintained database profiling over 3000 long-term missing persons from the United States." NOTE: This website will be closing on 3/8 because its files were hacked and destroyed.

Missing Persons throughout the World
http://www.mispers.com

This website "is a forum where information about people who are missing may be posted, usually after verification that a Police Investigation is being conducted."

Missing Pieces Radio Program
http://www.missingpieces.info

"Missing Pieces is a program designed to raise public awareness and encourage communications of information between people who can help locate or identify individuals in cases that have been classified as Unsolved, Missing, Murdered & Unidentified."

National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC)
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/isd/cirg/ncavc.htm

"The mission of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) is to combine investigative and operational support functions, research, and training in order to provide assistance, without charge, to federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies investigating unusual or repetitive violent crime."

National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA)
http://www.theyaremissed.org/ncma/index.php

"NCMA, [a division of Nation's Missing Children Organization, Inc. (NMCO)], operates as the national clearinghouse for missing adults, providing services and coordination between various government agencies, law enforcement, media, and most importantly - the families of missing adults."

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC): Missing Children’s Division (MCD): Cold Case Unit
http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/ResourceServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=829

"Staffed with a highly specialized Senior Case Manager and Forensic Imaging Specialist, this Unit develops strategies for investigating agencies, works with medical examiners to provide identification assistance, and establishes review processes for long-term case"

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
http://www.pomc.com

"POMC® provides the on-going emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a "new life" and to promote a healthy resolution."

Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS): Cold Case Homicide Unit
http://www.ncis.navy.mil/ncis/mission/crime/felony.asp

"The NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit was formed in 1995 for the express purpose of reviewing and re-activating unresolved death investigation."

NecroSearch
http://www.necrosearch.org

"NecroSearch is a non-profit organization that specializes in the search for clandestine gravesites [and assists] law enforcement agencies by providing applied research, training, and on-site investigations."

North America Missing Persons Network (NAMP)
http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us

NAMP, the sister organization of the Doe Network, is a volunteer group designed to bring "attention to both child and adult missing persons cases in Canada and the United States."

Outpost for Hope
http://www.outpostforhope.org

This nonprofit organization focuses on an "undefined and often un-reported silent population of missing children and adults" – such as those with a history of drug use, homelessness, or mental illness.

Polly Klaas Foundation: Unsolved Missing Child Homicides
http://www.pollyklaas.org/missing/unsolved.html

"The Polly Klaas® Foundation is a national nonprofit that helps find missing children, prevents children from going missing in the first place, and works with policymakers to pass laws like Amber Alert that help protect kids."

Taken from Our Midst: Missing Children Links
http://missing.puellula.org/Links.html

This website offers multiple links related to missing children.

Unsolved Crimes
http://www.unsolvedcrimes.com

This website "is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting families who have lost a loved one to violent crime" and it includes cold case profiles.

Unsolved Crimes International
http://www.unsolved-crimes.com

This volunteer organization is "dedicated to publicizing unsolved crimes on the internet."

Unsolved Murder Cases
http://members.chello.at/marion.hitzenhammer/unsolvedmurdercases.html

This website is a registry for unsolved crimes, including homicide.

Vidocq Society Case Referrals
http://www.vidocq.org

This group includes "forensic professionals and motivated private citizens who, as a public service, donate deductive, scientific and other talents for" the purpose of resolving unsolved homicides."

WeTip: Unsolved Crimes
http://www.wetip.com/unsolved.htm

"WeTip is a national nonprofit organization, staffing tip operators that take anonymous tips from all 50 states including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands."

World's Most Wanted: Fugitives & Unsolved Crimes
http://www.mostwanted.org

This website offers information about fugitives and unsolved crimes across the country.

Yahoo Cold Case Newsgroup
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/coldcases

"This news group is "[f]or persons investigating or researching unsolved missing, murdered or unidentified cases from the past."

Yahoo Unsolved Crime Newsgroup
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Unsolved-Crimes

"This news group is for anyone interested in or wanting to get infomation out to the public about an Unsolved Crime."