Cold Case Task Force

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.


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Last year, Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that state lawmakers had approved asking for $50,000 to create a task force to study Florida’s cold case practices.

For Ryan Backmann, creator of the cold case database, getting the bill passed is personal.

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.

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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.


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed more than $250 million in the state budget this week, including $50,000 that would have helped create a statewide cold case task force.