INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Solving cold case crimes in Indiana could be a matter of playing the right cards.
It's a full deck with a twist.
"We call them the cold case playing cards," says Douglas Garrison, Chief Communications Officer of the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Each of the 52 cards has a story.
"Here's a young man named Montario Holder. Montarrio was 24 years old, missing since October of 1994," says Garrison reading from one of the cards.
The deck, the third edition of a cooperative effort of all Indiana law enforcement agencies, is the only one sold to inmates in Indiana prisons.
Garrison says, "We want to get the information and photographs on cards like these in front of people who have reason to know, perhaps about any one of these cases."
Cases you might remember, like the murder of Ralph Wilcox, killed during a robbery outside a grocery store on North Shadeland Avenue nine years ago this month.
Wilcox was the manager of the store. Leads in the case ran dry, so now it's among those in the latest edition of the cold case cards.
"We're looking to generate leads and tips to try to get the slightest bit of information that might help to solve these cold cases," says Garrison.
And the cards let families of victims know law enforcement is still working the cases no matter how old.
The cards were first issued in 2008. So far, they have yet to yield a winning hand. But it helps keep the game going.
"Unfortunately we've had no cases solved as a result of the playing cards, but we've had tips and leads generated. And that's really the most we can hope for," says Garrison.
You can't buy the special deck of cards. They are sold only to inmates, but you can view all of them on the Department of Corrections website.
E-mail the Indiana Department of Correction to provide information on a cold case victim or would like to have a case reviewed in a future deck. You can also call the ISP hotline at 800-453-4756.
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