Newport News Police Department uses new technology to close old cases

Posted at 5:42 PM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 18:22:39-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.  - The Newport News Police Department is using new technology to solve old cases. The department has launched a Cold Case initiative to help drum up leads to solve cases like Ajene Marrow's who was killed in 2013.

"It's a lot of emptiness, numbness, struggling to get through the day," explained Shariess Marrow, the mother of Ajene. "Most of the time its a nightmare."

According to Police, Ajene was shot and killed outside of a home in the Americana East Mobile Home Park, but three years after his death, police say they still don't know who is responsible.

"Other people, they can go home and hug their son and tell their son they love them, I can't," said Shariess.

The Marrow family's story is just one of the cases Newport News Police are re-examining through a new cold case initiative.  Through Facebook detectives say they plan to highlight certain cases that remain unsolved, despite their officer's best work.

"They've questioned all the witnesses all the suspects put out composites did everything that can be done and the case is just unsolved at that point," said Detective AC Schraudte, one of the detectives behind the new initiative.  "A lot of these cases are just one witness one piece of evidence away from being solved."

Detective Shraudte says he hopes that by re-examining these cases and putting them online someone who knows something about these cases will come forward and give families the closure they so desperately need.