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Homicide Cold Case Unit

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has approximately 600 open homicide cases dating back through the early 1960’s. Each of these cases represents a victim and their families who are still waiting for closure and justice. A big concern for families is that a case has been forgotten. Detectives working older cases find that relationships change, fear of cooperation dissipates, and people who were initially uncooperative can become your best witnesses. Previously processed evidence can be reprocessed using the latest techniques and provide new clues to a killer's identity. With the belief that all victims need closure the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department formed a Cold Case Unit in April of 2003.

The Homicide Cold Case Unit consists of homicide detectives, a civilian review team with law enforcement experience, and civilian volunteers from a wide array of life experiences. Initially, a case is assigned to a civilian review team member. That team member will read over the case file and identify any leads that need to be followed. They will also organize the paperwork and provide the detectives with a detailed summary of the available information relating to the case. This review and organization of the case information saves the detective valuable time. Subsequently, the detective can immediately begin working on the relevant leads. The review process generally takes approximately five months.

Please review the Highlighted Cold Case Investigations for 2015​​​​​ and the Unsolved Cold Cases from the past couple of years which our detectives are currently seeking additional information. Anyone having information on a cold case is asked to contact one of the detectives or the agent listed below. You may also contact the Homicide Cold Case Hotline:


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Sergeant Darrell Price supervises the CMPD’s Cold Case Unit. This unit consists of both Homicide and Sexual Assault investigations. He came to work for the CMPD in January of 1981 following the footsteps of his father a Captain for the CMPD. Since then he has served over 34 years on the department with the past 27 having been in Criminal Investigations. For the first 15 years he served as a Detective and the past 12 years he served as a Supervisor.

​​Sgt. Price now supervises 7 Detectives and 14 Volunteers to work a combination of over 600 unsolved Homicides and 3000 unsolved Sexual Assaults. His philosophy is to gather unit members who have been successful in their varied backgrounds bringing different viewpoints to bear on case facts. Sgt. Price is currently serving as Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigators Association (MACCHIA). [phone: 704-336-2294]​

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Detective David Osorio ​​served five years in the US Army, and was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. He started his law enforcement career in 1991 when he joined CMPD, and has served in a number of roles such as Patrol, Robbery Task Force, Armed Robbery, and spent 13 years as a SWAT Crisis Negotiator. He has been assigned to the homicide unit investigating active murders and serious assaults for over 13 years. Detective Osorio brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to help solve challenging cold cases, and is fluent in the Spanish language​. [phone: 704-336-5048]​

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Detective Tim Jolly joined the Charlotte Police Department September 1987 and was assigned to work in the Baker 2 district (North Charlotte Area). Jolly has worked various units through his career, to include Patrol Officer, Street Drug Interdiction, Street Crimes Unit, Violent Crimes Task Force and the K-9 Unit. Jolly was the first officer to work street gangs in the Charlotte area and did so for over 15 years.  Jolly was assigned to the Homicide Unit in 2010 and now is assigned to the Homicide Cold Case Unit.
​[phone: 704-353-1751]​

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Detective Susan Sarvis is serving as an integral part of the Homicide Cold Case Unit, and brings a wealth of experience in investigations. Susan comes to the unit after a full career with CMPD from patrol to school resource, youth bureau (specializing in sex offenses and child pornography), and finishing her career in homicide. Raised in a military family stationed in Spain at her birth, she has traveled a great deal. One of her salient qualities is that she has a broad experience background founded in common sense and courage to ferret out the truth. [phone: 704-336-2358]​

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Detective Bill Ward ​​joined the Charlotte Police Department in July 1986 as a Patrol Officer in the Baker One District and transferred to the Charlie One District.  In August of 1990 Ward joined the Homicide unit and retired there with 21 years and 7 months' experience.  In his career Detective Ward has worked on more than 800 homicide cases and was the lead detective on over one hundred homicide cases.  Detective Ward was hired back after retirement in May of 2012 on a part-time basis to continue working on Cold Case Homicides. [phone: 704-336-8626]​


Awards and Honors

  • On May 30, 2008 the volunteer members of the Cold Case Unit were presented with the Department of Justice Citizen Volunteer Service Award by the U. S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey in Washington, D.C.

  • On May 14, 2008, the Cold Case Unit received the Chief's Unit Citation during National Police Week.

  • On April 29, 2008, the Cold Case Unit was nominated for the 2008 Volunteer Unit of the Year Award during the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.

  • On April 15, 2008, the Cold Case Unit was chosen as one of the top 50 nominees from over 1000 nominations for Innovations in American Government Award presented by Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Institute.

  • In September 2005, the Cold Case Unit was the 1st runner-up for the IACP Choicepoint Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation.

  • In February 2005, the Cold Case Unit was featured in a magazine article by Dr. Vivian Lord, UNCC Professor and civilian review team member, in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.