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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:

HOMICIDE COLD CASE HOT LINE 704-336-2358




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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 Ed Williams joined CMPD in September of 1986. After graduating from the academy, he spent 5 years in the Adam-1 district (which has since become the Central Division). Ed then went to the Investigations Bureau, where he spent several years in the Armed Robbery Division, before transferring to the Homicide Division. During his time in homicide, Ed went back to graduate school and earned his Master’s in Accountancy from Gardner-Webb University. Upon earning his degree, Ed then transferred to the Crime Analysis Division, where he oversaw the Department’s crime statistics, and reported same to the FBI. Ed then finished out his career in the Airport Division. Ed was hired back after retirement to work on Cold Case Homicide investigations. [phone: 704-336-8626]​





Cold Case Unit Volunteers

The Homicide Cold Case Unit relies heavily on the dedicated efforts of the civilian volunteers that work tirelessly and give freely of their time. These men and women are owed a great deal of appreciation for the success of the Charlotte–Mecklenburg Police Department's Homicide Cold Case Unit. With their dedication plus the hard work and experience of our homicide detectives, over 140 cases have been reviewed and 39 cases have been cleared.




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June Thoreson-Rogers, CFE is currently a NC Private Investigator after working for over 30 years in law enforcement and the financial services industry. She retired from JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) in 2013 where she served as an Executive in Global Security and Investigations managing nationwide check fraud investigations, the whistleblower hotline, the investigation support call center and the intake and work flow of fraud cases and Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filing and QA. Prior to JPMC she was the Director of Corporate Fraud Investigations at Washington Mutual bank, managing investigators located around the United States who investigated internal and external fraud matters that impacted the bank, filed SAR reports, and prosecuted suspects. Previously, she was with Bank of America Investigative Serv​ices for 17 years, where she served in many roles, including Senior Manager over special investigations and various investigation regions. Prior to entering the financial services industry, she was a Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent in Charlotte, N.C., and a Police Officer in Wisconsin.​



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Hannah Donaldson is a volunteer with the CMPD Homicide Cold Case Unit, and is a Graduate student in Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As such, she brings updated knowledge in the work of investigations. Hannah has established and maintains a searchable electronic database of actively reviewed homicide case files, and participates in monthly review of cases. Her expertise has been of immeasurable value in making the data user friendly for all associated personnel. Hannah also volunteers part time as an interviewer for MeckFUSE study.​



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Professor Vivian Lord, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Dr. Lord received her Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University and is licensed as a practicing psychologist in North Carolina. She is the author of three books and more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports exploring topics primarily in suicide by cop, police interaction with people with mental illness, retention of students, women in policing, law enforcement selection, ethics, comparative law enforcement systems, occupational stress, and workplace violence. Before her academic career, Dr. Lord was an instructor and manager at the North Carolina Justice Academy for 18 years, training law enforcement officers throughout North Carolina. She also had previous investigative experience with Carrboro Police Department.​



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John Lambert joined the Cold Case Homicide Unit as a volunteer in 2004 after retiring from Duke Energy and later again from Framatome ANP. He is a graduate of C.W. Post College of Long Island University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Management. John has 5 years’ experience in engineering and site operations with Grumman Aircraft in the aerospace industry; 10 years’ experience in engineering, shipboard overhaul and new construction on Navy nuclear projects at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company and 25 years’ project management experience in nuclear and conventional power plant construction, modifications and upgrades with Duke Energy and Framatome ANP. John is also a graduate of the CMPD Citizens Academy and the FBI Citizens Academy. He served two terms on the City of Charlotte Citizens Review Board.​



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Joe Simpkins joined the Homicide Cold Case Unit as a volunteer after spending about two years working on the UVisa program for CMPD. He is a retired Captain for Piedmont/US Airways where he served as a Commercial Airline Pilot for 22 years. Prior to his airline career, Joe was a USAF Pilot for 21 years, and retired as a Lt Col. He is no stranger to the nickname "Volunteer" as he earned his Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Sometimes he can be heard humming the song "Rocky Top" as he passes folks in the hallways of the Law Enforcement Center. In addition the running his Real Estate Firm and Firearms Sales and Transfers Firm, Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club, is the current Executive Officer there and the Carolina DX Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors, and is the senior Systems Operator for the Internet information sharing network. He and his wife are both NRA Certified Pistol Instructors, Range Safety Officers (Rifle & Shotgun), and Indoor Range Training Officers.​



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​Since March of 2013, Sarah Savicki has provided victim assistance for the Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit. In her role, she extends emotional support to victims, leads a support group, acts as a liaison between laws, educates victims regarding the judicial process as well as makes referrals for counseling and other area resources. Sarah has her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked with trauma victims for over ten years. She also works as a Mobile Crisis Specialist in addition to being a wife and Mom.​



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Ken Wieczorek is a Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst and works at a major bank. His background covers fraud investigations, data management and intelligence analytics. Prior to moving to Charlotte Ken lived in Texas where he had been involved in various projects with Dallas Police Department. He had worked with homicide in building a database of unsolved crimes to help analyze the linking of cases to serial related crimes and a Robbery tracking database to find robbery patterns and trends for proactive prevention. He was awarded the Dallas Citizens Merit and Regional FBI Letter of Commendation for activities related to Child Exploitation Crime Taskforce. Ken is a USMC Vietnam Veteran – 1st Marine Air Wing.​



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Katie Congdon is a case review volunteer for the CMPD Homicide Cold Case Unit. In her role, she reviews case information and prepares summaries for review by the Cold Case team. Katie is a regional marketing manager for a Charlotte-based land developer and is a graduate of Appalachian State. Katie’s professional background with information analysis and project management has prepared her for well for the case review role.​




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Bruce Naliboff​ retired in 2012 after 30 years of service as a police officer in California. During his career he investigated a wide range of crimes including; embezzlement, fraud, narcotics, criminal street gangs, sexual assault, domestic violence and homicide. He was a member of a county wide undercover narcotics task force for two years. He was also assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for eleven years as an associated duty due to his expertise in the animal and environmental extremism movement and anarchists. He was a member of a statewide group of officers who were asked to rewrite California crowd control and intervention standards on three separate occasions over a fifteen year period of time. After moving to Charlotte he began to volunteer at CMPD with the cold case sexual assault unit in 2013 and currently also volunteers with the Cold Case Homicide Unit. ​



 

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.