arnold hayes

Cold Case Spotlight – Arnold Hayes

In 1972 Arnold Hayes was running for Sheriff of Maries County in Vienna, Missouri. In July of that year, while sitting outside his home, Arnold Hayes was ambushed, shot and killed. Two men where arrested in connection to Arnold’s murder but were later released “pending further investigation”. Despite the evidence investigators did have, no one was ever charged.
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robert placencia

Cold Case Spotlight – Robert Placencia

On August 7, 2006, around 10:23pm, Robert Placencia, 17, was gunned down while walking home from his father’s house, in the Meadowvie​w area of Sacramento, California. Robert’s murder was the first of three in that area over a 30 hour stretch but detectives do not believe Robert’s shooting was connected to the two others. It is thought that Robert’s shooting death may have been a case of mistaken identity. Robert left behind many loved ones, including a young son.
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Cold Case Spotlight – Nacomie Freeman

On Thursday, June 24, 2004, Nacomie Freeman, 24, was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the stomach in the 1600 block of W. Denton Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. Witnesses stated that Nacomie had been pushed out of dark colored truck and left for dead. Detectives have some leads but need the public to come forward to solve this case and bring justice to Nacomie and her family.

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michael watkins

Cold Case Spotlight – Michael Watkins

Michael Watkins is described, by those who knew and loved him, as “work-aholic” with “no enemies” but on December 8, 2009 he was the victim of a still unsolved murder. Michael called police on that Tuesday evening to say he’d been attacked while working late at BJ’s Novelty on Arcade Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. When LMPD arrived on the scene Michael was found in the building he worked with a stab wound to the neck.

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Guest Blogger – Kathy Marks

From time to time Project Cold Case will showcase a guest blogger. Sometimes the blogger will feature a cold case to spotlight,  sometimes they will provide insight into investigation techniques and sometimes grief recovery approach. As opportunities present themselves we will provide our readers any and all information we feel is helpful.

This week we introduce you to Kathy Marks, a retired child abuse investigator who regularly writes for Law and Order magazine. Kathy also maintains a cold case blog,, where she focuses on unsolved homicides and sometimes missing or abducted children. Read more

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Cold Case Spotlight – Robert (Bob) Levey

On June 25, 2013, around 11:00pm, residents in the Englewood area of Jacksonville, Florida began calling 911 to report a house fire on Mimosa Drive. Inside the charred home investigators found the body of 83-year-old Robert James (Bob) Levey. Detectives have not released the cause of death but described Bob’s death as a “brutal murder”. The fire was intentionally set to destroy evidence and cover up the murder.
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sherry prather

Cold Case Spotlight – Sherry Prather

UPDATE: On March 12, 2018  Johnny Wayne Johnson pleaded guilty to the 2012 murder of Sherry Lee Prather. Johnson was sentenced to 20.4 years in prison. Though no motive has ever been established, Sherry’s family expressed relief that Johnson would be off the streets. The family made it a point to thank all those that helped along the way in their search for justice. 

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curtis williamson

Cold Case Spotlight – Curtis Williamson

On March 26, 1997, Curtis Williamson, 16, and his cousin were chased into Mission Bay after a fight broke out in the Crown Point Shores parking lot in San Diego, California. After swimming safely to an anchored buoy several yards offshore, the individuals that chased them entered the water and began swimming after them. Investigators believe that Curtis drowned while attempting to escape those chasing him. Curtis’ cousin was saved by a rescue boat after police arrived on the scene. Despite numerous witnesses, no arrests have ever been made.

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vanessa malone

Cold Case Spotlight – Vanessa “Honey” Malone

On October 23, 2012, 18-year-old, Vanessa “Honey” Malone walked into an apartment in Stone Mountain, Georgia and interrupted a home invasion robbery. While the three other occupants of the apartment were bound and robbed, Honey was shot multiple times and killed. Witnesses stated that there were three to six attackers, dressed in black and armed with handguns and shotguns.

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brandon gentry

Cold Case Spotlight – Brandon Gentry

Brandon Gentry, 26, spent Saturday evening, August 10, 2013, hanging out with friends at a popular mudhole off Pickettville Road in Jacksonville, Florida. Early Sunday morning a vehicle driving northbound on Pickettville Road spotted something on the side of the road and called authorities. Police found Brandon bleeding from the head and with life threatening injuries. Brandon died from multiple injuries on August 14, 2013. Evidence at the scene suggests that Brandon may have been the victim of a hit and run.

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