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KCKPD, WyCo DA to announce results of review of 285 cold case investigations

Wyandotte County press conference
Posted at 12:01 PM, Sep 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-20 13:01:46-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A recently-formed cold case unit in the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department is set to announce the results of a review of 285 cold cases over the past five decades.

KCKPD Chief of Police Karl Oakman and Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree will announce they’ve been able to use DNA evidence and other “technological advances” to bring charges in a number of cold cases.

A police spokesperson said the families of victims who could see charges associated with the cold case review have been notified.

Oakman created the cold case unit in January 2022 to help review the roughly 285 unsolved homicides.

Officials are set to provide more information at a 3 p.m. news conference Wednesday. You can watch on

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