The Nebraska State Patrol is distributing unique decks of playing cards that feature unsolved or suspected homicide victims pictures and information. Spokesperson Deb Collins says right now they are only being distributed to certain corrections facilities.
“Have been issued to state correction facilities and 22 county jails across the state. These cards highlight unsolved or suspected homicides which have occurred in Nebraska dating back to 1969.”
Collins says the cards are only going to these facilities for a reason.
“Right now the cards are only being distributed to state correction facilities and county jails. We want to get these in the hands of those who might have some knowledge, feel a little guilty, might have some information that can come our way. Of course we want the general public to view them on our website and provide us with any information they might have as well.”
Collins says several other states have used the cold case cards with a fairly good success rate.
“20 other states are using or considering using these types of cold case cards. At least three states have had some cases solved. Florida was the first state to develop cold case cards and they have had two murder suspects and four fugitives arrested generated from tips from their cards.”
Each card in the deck contains case information on the highlighted individual’s case. Collins says family members were contacted prior to the distribution.
“We’re very sensitive to the needs of the family. These are somebody’s mother, brother, sister and we did consult with the families of those featured on the card. We got their permission to put their loved ones out there so we are hoping to help them and bring some closure to the families whose loved ones are featured on these cards.”