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January 16th, 2007

The Number of Unsolved Murders in New York City

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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 Erica muniz // Jan 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Hi my name is Erica my father’s name was Aladdin Nunez he is one of out of 9082 cold case files that are unsolved I would love to see if I can get help from someone or anyone to help me solve my father’s murder it’s been 25 years and no one ever contacted my family and grandparents or my mother I am 35 years old now I am a mother myself and would love to know what happened to my father I think I’m old enough now and sit down and know what happened please someone help me I’ve called the 48th precinct and gotten nothing I’ve called the District Attorney’s Office and definitely have gotten nothing I’ve gotten the cold shoulder from both places and really need someone’s help I’m willing to travel to New York even do I don’t like going back there because my father was taken away from me in the city of New York the city of brotherly love but now I will I am willing to go back just to know what happened to him with it was good or bad I’m his child and I would like to know .

  • 2 Stacy Horn // Jan 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hello Erica. I’m very sorry about your father, and the experience you’ve had trying to get help. I’m going to email you.

  • 3 Carolyn Casella // Jan 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Looking for the murder back as a kid .her name was yolanda. Can’t remember last name. She was murdered along with her pregnant friend back in 1982 or1983 on 187 wilson avenue, brooklyn,new york.i was 11 when it happened. I’m curious if the case was solved

  • 4 Stacy Horn // Jan 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Carolyn. If you are asking for information about a murder victim who is unrelated to you (a murder you read about or that happened near you, or perhaps someone you knew a little) and you’ve always been curious to know what happened, I would suggest beginning at the library. You can start with a database called Proquest. If you’ve never used it before ask a librarian to help you, but it’s very easy. You can search newspapers for that name and you can specify a range of dates. If you can’t find anything using Proquest I would move on to microfilm for local newspapers that are not yet on Proquest. Again, if you’ve never done this before a librarian can help you.

  • 5 Keinna Rodriguez // Jan 30, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Hi! My Name is Keinna Rodriguez , My dad was killed in August 2007 in Bronx ny in welchester projects his name was Jose Rodriguez he was around 56 , 57, i need help finding out who killed my father my life is not the same I need ans I wanna know wath happened y my dad was killed who did it plz help me its been almost 9 years and nobody does nothing to find out who killed my dad and why my family that where there the day he died dont tell me nothing I wasn’t raise with them and they always keep me to the dark I need help I wanna know wath happen , my dad wasn’t no dog that was shot dead plz anyone help me I wish I had more information to give but I don’t this is killing me inside its a pain that doesn’t go away I was giving it time to see if my mother and sister do something about it they where there that they he got shot and they haven’t done nothing to solve his case so am going to do wath ever i have to …plz someone help me find out wath happen to my dad

  • 6 Stacy Horn // Feb 3, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Keinna, I am very sorry about your father. Losing a parent is hard enough, but to lose one in this way must be unbearable. I will forward your request to someone in the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad. This does not mean someone can or will take the case. The sad horrible truth is there are thousands of unsolved murders and there are only so many detectives. Also, there might have been an arrest. But hopefully someone can take a look and talk to you about what happened and what was done on the case and whether or not there was an arrest.

  • 7 Gladys chong // Jan 31, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    My cousin Edward lee Montgomery was found dead in an abandoned building in Brooklyn on Saratoga ave in 1977. I would like to know if the case was solved. I was a teenager at the time. My aunt is in a home, so I am trying to find out something so that I can tell her before she dies.

  • 8 Stacy Horn // Feb 3, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Hi Gladys, I’m so sorry about your cousin and it’s very kind of you to want to help your aunt. I guess the first thing to find out is if the case was closed or not. I will see if I can get someone to look it up.

  • 9 Gladys chong // Feb 4, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Thank you, I would appreciate your help.

  • 10 Patrick Callum // Feb 4, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Hi, My nephew Kirk Evans was stabbed to death in his own home on August 21, 2003. They have DNA evidence, but I am not sure if the authority has done on any check on it to see if there was any hit since he died. Every time we call the 47th police station we are not able to speak with the detective. I would to know if you can look into this for the family. Please see the details about his death in the NY times article:

    Metro Briefing | New York: Bronx: Fatal Stabbing At Home

    By Michael Brick (NYT); Compiled by Anthony Ramirez

    Published: August 21, 2003

    A 19-year-old man was found stabbed to death early yesterday in his family’s home near the Bronx River Parkway, the police said. The man, Kirk Evans, was home alone at 679 East 232nd Street, officials said. Neighbors said Mr. Evans had lived there for a year with an aunt and uncle who had been vacationing in Florida for a week. He was last seen alive by neighbors on Sunday. When the aunt and uncle returned a little past midnight yesterday, Mr. Evans was dead of stab wounds. His body was found beneath a sheet inside the house, the police said. Michael Brick (NYT)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/21/nyregion/metro-briefing-new-york-bronx-fatal-stabbing-at-home.html

  • 11 Stacy Horn // Feb 5, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Patrick, I’m very sorry about your nephew. I’m going to email you with a suggestion.

  • 12 Alex // Feb 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I am looking for a woman by the name of Patricia Elena Rivera or Patricia Elena.. She was my mom found dead in Queens around 1991 and 1992. I was 7 at the time and need to know if the case was solve or if its still a cold case,.

    cheers

  • 13 Stacy Horn // Feb 5, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Alex, I’m very sorry about your mother, and I’m going to email you as well.

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