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Riverside Police Ask Anyone With Details About Unsolved Murders Come Forward

Now, two detectives are permanently assigned to focus exclusively on homicides going back more than 50 years.

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Anyone who may have information about an unsolved murder in the city of Riverside is being asked to assist the police department's Cold Case Unit, which now has two detectives permanently assigned to focus exclusively on homicides going back more than 50 years.

"Each of these cases represents a victim, their loved ones and their family,'' Riverside police spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback said. "The Riverside Police Department remains strong in our commitment to solve these cases and hold the offenders accountable.''

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HOMICIDE COLD CASE UNIT⁣ ⁣ Riverside, CA – Since 1966, there have been over 200 unsolved homicides in the city of Riverside. Each of these cases represents a victim, their loved ones, and their family. The Riverside Police Department remains strong in our commitment to solve these cases and hold the offenders accountable. Earlier this year in May, our Centralized Investigations Bureau dedicated two detectives to aggressively work these unsolved homicides as the newly formed Homicide Cold Case Unit.⁣ ⁣ Detective Karla Beler and Detective Jim Brandt have been assigned to lead this new unit. Detective Beler is a 19-year veteran with 10 years of investigative experience in units including the Sexual Assault - Child Abuse (SACA) Unit and the Robbery – Homicide Unit. Detective Brandt is a 24-year veteran having served the last 17 years in the Robbery – Homicide Unit. ⁣ ⁣ With advancements in technology and forensics, both detectives are evaluating each case for possible DNA evidence, fingerprint evidence, and any other information that will help resolve each case. They are being assisted by the Riverside Police Department’s Forensic Unit, Property Unit, the Records Bureau, along with the Riverside Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office and the Riverside District Attorney’s Office.⁣ ⁣ Periodically, Detectives Beler and Brandt will highlight one of these cases through our social media in hopes someone will come forward with information to assist them.⁣ ⁣ If you do have any information about an unsolved homicide in our city, please reach out to the Homicide Cold Case Unit at:⁣ ⁣ (951) 320-8000 or homicidecoldcase@riversideca.gov⁣ ⁣ For those wishing to remain anonymous, you can utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature to provide any information that could help the detectives.

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In May, Detectives Karla Beler and Jim Brandt, with roughly 30 years experience between them, were designated full-time cold case investigators, and they're examining files dating to 1966, according to Railsback.

He said there are just over 200 unsolved homicides citywide awaiting resolution.

"With advancements in technology and forensics, both detectives are evaluating each case for possible DNA evidence, fingerprint evidence and any other information that will help resolve each case,'' the police spokesman said.

Anyone who may have details that can further a cold case investigation was urged to contact the Cold Case Unit at 951-320-8000, or via email at homicidecoldcase@riversideca.gov.

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