cold case

Newborn Abducted In 1998 Found Alive; Woman Charged With Kidnapping

Jan 13, 2017
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A newborn baby taken from a Jacksonville hospital on July 10, 1998, has been found alive in South Carolina and officials have charged a 51-year-old woman with kidnapping, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Acting on recent tips, JSO cold-case detective traveled to Walterboro, South Carolina, and found an 18-year-old woman with a matching birth date and took a DNA sample, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab Thursday night match that to Kamiyah Mobley.

Jacksonville Homicides Reach 117 In 2016

Dec 22, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — The death of a man found Monday evening in Panama Park brought Jacksonville's homicide total this year to 117, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Project: Cold Case

An advocate for cold-case murder victims from Jacksonville recently joined a special statewide task force to examine unsolved cases.

 

Ryan Backmann traveled to Miami last week for his first meeting.

 


Allie George

Cold Cases

Duval County has more than 1,200 unsolved murders dating back to 1970, but no statewide data is available.

Now advocates from the Jacksonville group Project: Cold Case hope their new online database will help find justice for these many forgotten victims.

Project: Cold Case

 

Duval County has more than 1,200 unsolved murders dating back to 1970, but no statewide data is available.

Now advocates from the Jacksonville group Project: Cold Case hope their online database will help find justice for forgotten victims.

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Ryan Backmann doesn’t know who killed his father.

His dad, Clifford Backmann, 56, was a construction worker. He was working a side job in the middle of the day six years ago when it happened.

“Detectives think that a random person was crossing through the parking lot, saw my dad in there by himself and he walked in. My dad was vacuuming up drywall dust, (the person) put the gun in his back, pulled the trigger and reached in and pulled the wallet out of my dad’s back pocket,” he said.

 


Corey at lectern
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All of Northeast Florida’s untested rape kits—about 1,500 of them—will now get processed, thanks to a federal grant announced Thursday.

The nearly $2 million grant will also establish a sex-crimes cold-case unit at the state attorney’s office in Jacksonville.


Aaron Bean

Jacksonville Senator Aaron Bean is sponsoring a bill aimed at helping solve cold case murders.

The legislation creates a task force to reexamine policies and procedures for dealing with unsolved murders.

Senator Bean says Florida needs to do more to help find killers.

Police records show there are around 1,300 unsolved murders in Jacksonville dating back to 1970. The city has roughly the same number of unsolved murders as the entire state of Colorado. We discuss efforts to change investigation procedures and offer more support to victims' families. WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride, Project Cold Case executive director Ryan Backmann and JSO head of investigations Chief Tom Hackney join us.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Police records show there are around 1,300 unsolved murders in Jacksonville dating back to 1970. The city has roughly the same number of unsolved murders as the entire state of Colorado.

Some people on the First Coast are working to change investigation procedures and offer support to victims’ families.


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A convicted murderer and rapist who died in jail last year has been named as a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Florida student 25 years ago.