2 counties join forces to create larger cold case unit - WKRN News 2

2 counties join forces to create larger cold case unit

Posted: Updated: Aug 6, 2013 04:42 AM CDT
Bill Whitesell, the District Attorney for both Rutherford and Cannon counties Bill Whitesell, the District Attorney for both Rutherford and Cannon counties
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

Authorities in Middle Tennessee are coming together to solve crime.

Police departments in Smyrna, Murfreesboro, La Vergne and Woodbury are joining forces with the sheriff's departments of Rutherford and Cannon counties to form a larger cold case division.

Officials believe more attention needs to be brought to crimes of the past, and that by creating a larger unit they'll be successful in doing so.

"We believe working as a team that we can bring cases, work those cases, and ultimately solve those cases," said Bill Whitesell, the District Attorney for both Rutherford and Cannon counties.

The unit hopes to help answer questions and solve crimes that have been haunting not only law enforcement officials, but the families of victims as well.

"I think there's no doubt that we can make a difference and bring some needed closure to these crimes, as well as some very much needed closure to the surviving family members," said Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman.

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold donated a room for the cold case unit's headquarters.

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