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Cold Case Squad Helps Solve Miami Valley's Unsolved Murders
DAYTON -- An overwhelming number of murders happen in the Miami Valley every year, and hundreds go unsolved, some of those for decades.
"Half of my heart is dead," said Tawny Wisienwski, son was murdered, "That was my life."
"I went to the door to see who it was. I saw this fella laying on the ground on his back, he was moaning," said Carl Allen, Devin Shepard's neighbor in 2011.
Devin Shepard shot and killed inside his girlfriend's Butler Township home in 2011.
"Whoever took him, that wasn't fair," said Wisienwski.
Three years later, still no suspect.
"A crime took place here," said Detective Bill Wertz, Montgomery County Cold Case Squad.
24-year old Luigi Bovenzi was brutally murdered inside his Riverside apartment.
"It was just a complete shock, and it tore us apart," said Giustino Bovenzi, victim's brother.
Eleven years later, still no justice for his family.
"There's way too many, way too many cases that are unsolved out there," said Detective Wertz.
Detective Wertz and his cold case squad are currently working on those unsolved murders.
"We've got cases that are as old as 40 years old, that we're currently working and as current as just two years old," said Detective Wertz.
Since 2005 when the squad was created, they've reviewed more than 300 cases.
The squad consists of a full time detective from Dayton Police, and three detectives from the coroner's office, and work closely with the Montgomery County Crime Lab.
"In many of the cases the technology that the regional crime lab provides and can do today just wasn't around back you know even five years ago," said Detective Wertz.
The cold case squad doesn't just help the City of Dayton, or even just Montgomery County, if you want their help, all you have to do it ask.
"We've really made a dent in the number of cases over the last 9 years, that without this group would have gone uninvestigated," said Ken Betz, Montgomery County Coroner's Office.
In fact, because of the hardworking detectives and the crime lab, there's been justice for 20 victims and their families.
"It's a great feeling, it is. When the family comes to you and gives you a hug and thanks you for bringing them the closure that they've been looking for for years," said Detective Wertz.
Closure that the squad hopes to bring to many more grieving families.
"We have that obligation not only to the victim but to the families to make sure that someone still cares and they indeed are looking at that case," said Betz.
"I'm happy that cold case is taking over because I believe they will solve it," said Wisienwski, "And I know justice will be done, I might be dead in the grave, but I know justice will be done."
The cold case squad is funded through several grants through the state.
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