SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.--The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case unit that looks into unsolved homicide investigations has been expanded to include two volunteers.
The team was initially compromised of major crimes detectives according to Deputy Mark Gregory with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The two volunteers, Verne King and Don Holmes, scour over old case files looking for new information or submitting evidence for new testing. The team utilizes evolving DNA testing and additional technologies.
King is a 39-year law enforcement veteran. During his career he was assigned to investigate homicides. Holmes has more than 14 years of volunteer service at several law enforcement agencies.
Gregory said the formation of the “Cold Case” unit occurred after two detectives submitted DNA samples for testing from unsolved homicide cases in the 1990’s.
Gregory added with the test results coupled with additional investigative information, the detectives were able to link the murders.
Investigators continue to work on a 1990 unsolved case and have identified a person of interest. They are also working on a 1970 unsolved homicide of a 10-year-old boy according to Gregory.