Project: Cold Case

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.

 


Aaron Bean

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.

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.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

 

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week began in Jacksonville on Monday.

Advocacy groups, including Families of Slain Children and the Justice Coalition, joined family members of victims at City Hall to kick off the observance. Many held photos of lost loved ones and wore t-shirts printed with their photos.

 

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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.

 


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

 

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.

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.