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Sheriff's office applies for Cold Case Unit Grant

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The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is submitting a Cold Case Unit Grant to the Department of Justice to help them solve some of their ongoing unsolved cases. The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is submitting a Cold Case Unit Grant to the Department of Justice to help them solve some of their ongoing unsolved cases.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is submitting a Cold Case Unit Grant to the Department of Justice to help them solve some of their ongoing unsolved cases.

The sheriff's office and family members of victims are giving their support to the unsolved case unit hoping the grant will bring resources to advance cases further.

The grant would allow for vital technology like an analytical database where cases could be organized and stored.

The money from the grant would also go towards sending DNA evidence to private labs.

According to investigators, state and federal labs are backlogged taking up to 18 months to return DNA testing results. With the grant money, the Unsolved Cases Unit could sent the DNA evidence to a private lab and get the results back fast.

Currently the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has about 20 unsolved cases, the oldest dating back to 1941.

"We do it for the families of the victims," said Captain Phil Perry. "They deserve to have closure."

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