State Police: We Need a Cold Case Investigator

By Steph Machado

Published 02/19 2014 05:46PM

Updated 02/19 2014 05:59PM

MONTPELIER - State Police say they are having trouble finding time to work on cold cases. The are 57 unsolved homicides in Vermont.

A bill in the State Legislature would add a specific "Cold Case Investigator" position to State Police. That detective's only job would be to try and solve these leads. Major Glenn Hall, the Criminal Division Commander for State Police, says they still receive leads on cold cases like Brianna Maitland, a teen who went missing ten years ago.

But Hall says cold cases are currently assigned to detectives who also have a full caseload.

"Death investigations, homicides, sex cases, among other things. So when they have time to work on cold cases they're able to do that, but the priority obviously is cases coming in every day," Major Hall said.

The bill to add the position is being discussed in the House Government Operations committee.

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