Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators with the Violent Crimes Against Persons (VCAP) Unit are making progress in five unsolved murder investigations of 2019. To date, there have been 18 murder cases from January 5 – September 6, 2019 with the victims ranging in age from 15 to 77-years-old.
A majority of the victims were shot while a small number died from blunt or sharp force trauma, according to the Richland County Coroner. In all of the cases, there is a lack of public information from either witnesses or people who can likely assist CPD.
While CPD investigators are making progress in these five unsolved cases, they are encouraging citizens to call Crimestoppers with information regarding the case and the suspect (s).
With permission from the victim’s family members, CPD is releasing pictures of the murder victims to gain more attention to the crimes and more specifically put a face with their names.
Family members don’t want their loved ones to be remembered as a crime statistic, but rather valued and greatly missed loved ones who should be with them today.
Citizens with information about any of the incidents are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways:
CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.
DOWNLOAD the new P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.