Closing cold cases
The Milwaukee County, Wis., Medical Examiner's Office is taking a bold step to clear up cold cases, some stretching back 40 years or more. The department is displaying actual and retouched photos and digitally enhanced images of the deceased on a website.
The cold cases on the website date back to 1970, says Michael Simley, a forensic investigator at the medical examiner's office who designed the site for unidentified corpses. "We are trying to bring new life to these cases by putting them online, because at this point, we are desperate to get the people identified. It doesn't do them justice to bury them without a name. And regarding their families, to leave them wondering what happened to their friends or loved ones — it just doesn't sit right with me."
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