Federal agents crack down on cold cases

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on September 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 6:40 PM

AUSTIN -- The Lonestar Fugitive Taskforce has created a cold case unit to help put a new focus on old cases. Agents say the goal is to bring closure to victims and families who have suffered for decades without answers.

"We sincerely believe victims need closure in these cases. Someone got hurt, maimed, injured. And that fugitive hasn't been held to account," said Supervisory Deputy Marshal Hector Gomez, Lonestar Fugitive Taskforce.

Gomez looked through a large stack of oustanding warrants in five Central Texas counties and selected the most heinous offenders to focus on first.

"We are going after the worst of the worst. Murderers, sex offenders and people who target children," he said.

Gomez says the new operation comes with challenges. The cases are old, the people are older, and the memories have faded in some cases. Nevertheless, he says his team will work to solve the cases and bring some form of relief to the victims.

 

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