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January 16th, 2007

The Number of Unsolved Murders in New York City


There are now 9,082 unsolved murders in New York City going back to 1985. That figure is a moving target of course. They are adding to that number all the time. Roughly 150 – 200 or more murders go cold every year, and try as they might, they are not going back and solving that many each year (of the older, cold cases).

That picture was take at one of the Property Clerk warehouses. Those barrels contain homicide evidence.

Attention!  If you have a friend or loved one whose murder is still unsolved and you want to know what to do, please read this:

People ask repeatedly in the comments section about what to do or who to call about an unsolved murder. The answer to those questions are on the left under the heading, Getting Help – Contacting a Cold Case Squad. First read the document titled Before You Contact a Cold Case Squad. Then look up the number in the document Cold Case Squad and Other Organizations.

If you can’t find a number for your city or town, call your local police department and ask them if they have a cold case squad or a person in their homicide squad who specializes in cold cases. If they don’t then ask to speak to someone in their homicide squad. If you don’t get what you believe is a decent response, then go to the document on the left titled, Escalating Your Case.

If you have specific questions after reading through these instructions please ask here, but come back to see the answer!

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  • 1 Stacy Horn // Apr 28, 2016 at 8:15 am

    I’m sorry you lost your father. Before a detective can help you will have to narrow down the date and place. I have two suggestions. First, search the Social Security Death Index. You can access it through If you don’t have an account you can go to your local library.

    I would also try to track down his death certificate. If this happened in one of the boroughs of New York City you can order in online at the link below. For people like yourself who are not sure of dates they will let you put in a range of dates. But try the Social Security Death Index first, because you’re not even sure this happened in New York at this point. Good luck.

  • 2 Davis Smith // May 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Davis Smith family have been looking for him since he vanished from Lafayette Louisiana in 2009. Davis is very I’ll and unaware of where he is please help him call home Lafayette PD is aware of him missing. Family sisters love him pat 337-330-222204/Janice337-254-8084 Rose 214-545-2929 Thank y’all!

  • 3 Michelle Rea // May 2, 2016 at 3:30 am

    On long Island N.Y cold case still open but not active. How do you get a col case reopened today with our modern science. Can anyone help this family finally find the truth and why is my uncle cold case still open and it inactive. Help

  • 4 Stacy Horn // May 2, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I’m sorry about your Uncle, Michelle. Please read through these suggestions. If you have any questions, please let me know.

  • 5 Raquel Novoa // May 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Hi. Trying to find info. On a young mother of 3 shot and killed by boyfriend in the bronx 1978-79.. Her name was Dretha Clayton. She was probably 21-23 yrs old at time of death.

  • 6 Stacy Horn // May 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Hello Raquel. You don’t say if the case is open or closed, but I’m going to assume you are asking about a cold case. Please read through the suggestions in the link below. If you have any questions,

  • 7 Sahodra Khan // May 18, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Hi my brother passed away in a homicide in 1994 in Brooklyn. I believe the case was handled by the 72nd pct. I would like some info on who I may be able to contact.

  • 8 Stacy Horn // May 18, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Sahodra, I’m so sorry about your brother. What was his name?

  • 9 Sahodra Khan // May 19, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    His name is Raghunauth Singh. He was 16 years old.

  • 10 Stacy Horn // May 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Sahodra, I’m going to email you.

  • 11 Sahodra Khan // May 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you very much. I really would like some info. I would like to give my parents some closure before anything happens to them. Its been a long time. Thank you Ms Horn. I can give you any info you may need.

  • 12 Anthony Woodcock // Jun 24, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I am a surviving victim of a murder/shooting that occurred in elmhurst,ny. A young woman was killed at Broadway park and I was injured. All of these years later, I remember that night vividly for some reason. Have no idea on the outcome of the case but would like to help or whatever if needed. I ask nothing in return.

  • 13 Anthony Woodcock // Jun 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I am surviving victim of murder/shooting at Broadway park in elmhurst, queens. The incident happened in 1989. For whatever reason, I vividly recall the incident now. Please advise.

  • 14 Stacy Horn // Jun 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Did you speak to the police at the time? I guess I would begin by calling the Detective Squad at the precinct to see if the case is open or closed. That is the 110, I believe, and their number is 718-476-9317.

    If know the case is open you could call the Queens Cold Case Squad. Their number is (718) 776-9276.

  • 15 jenny // Jul 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    how can u solve a cold case when u only know the killers. and the about time.

  • 16 Stacy Horn // Jul 20, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Are you willing to talk to a cold case detective? You might have enough details to narrow down which it might be.

  • 17 B. Clinton // Jul 20, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Stacey: I am still waiting to hear from the cold case detective you reached out to in regard to the death of Darryl Clinton in the bronx on July 25, 1997. Detective Honora was on the case but he retired. Ms Clinton

  • 18 Rose Smith // Sep 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Davis Smith dob 1/19/1964 has been known to frequent the NY NY area is missing from Lafayette LA, contact info sister Pat 337-220-2204 sassy 214-545-2929 Janice 337-254-8084 please he needs to come home, thank y’all

  • 19 Rose Smith // Oct 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Davis Smith dob 1/19/1964 missing from Lafayette LA

  • 20 Robert S Iuliani // Oct 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Can you please tell me if there have been any updates to the murder of Michelle Colucci from Middle Village Queens?…Murdered on Penelope Ave in 1997.

  • 21 Stacy Horn // Oct 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Robert, I cannot, but if you are a family member you can contact the detective squad of that precinct and ask them where the case was left.

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