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Western Kentucky Correctional Complex Receives Cold Case Playing Cards
KSP Stacks The Deck To Crack Unsolved Cases

Date of News Release: 02/23/2011

Fredonia, KY. (Lyon County) -- On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, the Kentucky State Police delivered almost 400 decks of cold case playing cards to the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex. On hand to receive the cards was the Warden, Bryan K. Henson.

From left to right-Trooper Dean Patterson, Public Affairs Officer for KSP Post 1 Mayfield,Western Kentucky Correction Complex Warden Bryan K. Henson, and Trooper Stu Recke, Public Affairs Officer for KSP Post 2 Madisonville

This 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 being distributed throughout prisons and law enforcement agencies.

KSP Commissioner Rodney 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."

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, the Lexington Police Department, and the 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.

Funding for the initiative was provided by the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) through a U.S. Office of Justice Programs grant.

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 kyunsolved@ky.gov.

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