Spokane County Sheriff's Office Launches Cold Case Units - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane County Sheriff's Office Launches Cold Case Unit

SPOKANE, WASH. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office will again be forming their cold case unit where two detectives primary responsibility will be looking into unsolved stories going back to 1948.

Detectives Jim Dresback and Lyle Johnston will focus mainly on the cold case unit, but they will also have to work on some other major crimes as well.

"We've made great strides in DNA and we've made great strides in how we collect and preserve information in the computer age," Detective Lyle Johnson said. "Now is a better time (to launch the unit) because we can get the same DNA information with a much smaller sample."

This unit launches just one week after investigators made significant strides on a murder spree in 1990. They now believe they have a strong lead that Donna Perry may have committed the killings. Detectives said last week that they were able to develop this indication with the help of new science and technology.

"It wasn't that the DNA wasn't there it just took some time for the connection to be made," Johnson said. "I think that's what we're probably looking at with other cold cases as well."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Motorcyclist dies in Hauser collision

    Motorcyclist dies in Hauser collision

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:43 PM EDT2018-06-22 02:43:50 GMT

    A Spokane man has been pronounced deceased after his motorcycle was involved in a collision on Idaho State Highway 53 in Hauser on Thursday afternoon.

    >>

    A Spokane man has been pronounced deceased after his motorcycle was involved in a collision on Idaho State Highway 53 in Hauser on Thursday afternoon. 

    >>
  • Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

    Infant found at Seattle encampment in protective custody

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:26 PM EDT2018-06-22 02:26:38 GMT

    A 5-month-old infant found at a Seattle homeless encampment is in protective custody as police investigate child neglect. Seattle Police said Thursday on its blog that the child was removed in late May from an unsanctioned homeless encampment where people were reportedly using methamphetamine.    

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - A 5-month-old infant found at a Seattle homeless encampment is in protective custody as police investigate child neglect. Seattle Police said Thursday on its blog that the child was removed in late May from an unsanctioned homeless encampment where people were reportedly using methamphetamine.    

    >>
  • Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo -- Really

    Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo -- Really

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:46 PM EDT2018-06-21 16:46:44 GMT
    File photo of a kangarooFile photo of a kangaroo

    DODSON, Mont. - Two people were injured in Montana Wednesday morning after swerving to avoid a kangaroo on the road.  Trooper Matt Finley with the Montana Highway Patrol said he thought it was a joke when he responded to the call, but when he arrived at about 4 a.m. he saw the kangaroo.  Trooper Finley said he learned there is a kangaroo farm west of Dodson. 

    >>

    DODSON, Mont. - Two people were injured in Montana Wednesday morning after swerving to avoid a kangaroo on the road.  Trooper Matt Finley with the Montana Highway Patrol said he thought it was a joke when he responded to the call, but when he arrived at about 4 a.m. he saw the kangaroo.  Trooper Finley said he learned there is a kangaroo farm west of Dodson. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/