Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Stacks The Deck To Crack Unsolved Cases
Date of News Release: 12/16/2010
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer was joined today by multiple law enforcement agencies to unveil the first ever statewide 'Kentucky Unsolved Cases Initiative' in anticipation that playing cards will deal clues in unsolved cases.
The project involves a two-prong approach including the development of a playing card deck highlighting fifty-two unsolved homicide, missing person and unidentified remains cases that have occurred throughout the state followed by a media blitz to create interest in the initiative. Over 9,000 decks of cards are set to be distributed throughout prisons and law enforcement agencies.
Brewer believes that these playing cards will give KSP the upper hand in solving cases, ultimately bringing closure to the families of these victims.
"The victim's family members of these senseless crimes deserve the opportunity to have this investigative technique made available to law enforcement," says Brewer. "Not only will this assist with solving cases, but it will give the victim's families a chance to gain closure to a crime of violence that may have been previously unsolvable."
The suspect in the murder of Grayson County resident Bob Hunt is still at large seven years after killing Hunt in his Leitchfield, Kentucky home. Hunt's case is depicted on the seven of diamonds playing card. His sister, Brenda Hunt, was on hand for the unveiling of the project.
"It has been seven long years and my brother's case still goes unsolved," says Hunt. "Perhaps these cards will help solve these crimes and bring some healing to the families whose grieving never stops," added Hunt.
Brewer said the key to the project's success will be the distribution of playing card decks to prisons across the state. Each card is imprinted with a photo and case details.
"This is an innovative and proactive criminal justice partnership at its best," says Brewer. "We are putting case facts directly in the hands of individuals who we think may have pertinent information about these investigations."
"Criminals are connected to other criminals and they know each other and often share the same contacts," adds Brewer. "Often times, they show no allegiance to each other and are willing to come forward with a tip."
Cases selected for the initiative were provided by all sixteen KSP Posts, Lexington Police Department and Louisville Metro Police Department.
The Department of Corrections joined the 'Kentucky Unsolved Case Initiative' by distributing the playing card decks to prisons throughout the state under its jurisdiction.
A total of 7,910 decks of cards will be provided to these institutions.
Funding for the initiative was provided by the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOJCT) through a U.S. Office of Justice Programs grant. DOCJT Commissioner John Bizzack said that this funding and the collaboration of agencies will serve Kentuckian's well by removing long-time criminals off of the streets.
"Receiving a grant of this magnitude has allowed DOCJT to implement several initiatives and allowed us the opportunity to continue to support law enforcement across the commonwealth in various ways," says Bizzack.
KSP has placed copies of the complete deck of cards on its website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org/unsolved_cases.htm. They have established a toll free tip line where any tips can remain anonymous at 1-877-735-2648. The public can also submit tips via email at email@example.com.
(Editor's Note: Photos from today's event can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentuckystatepolice/ )