Texas College Students to Assist in Solving Cold Case Files

A new opportunity has emerged for college students in Texas to potentially make a difference in solving long-standing cold cases.

Understanding Cold Cases: When a case remains unsolved for three years, it’s officially classified as a cold case. Investigators have exhausted all leads, and the hope is that new information or technology could lead to a breakthrough.

Partnership Announcement: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced a partnership with Texas State University’s Criminal Justice program. This collaboration aims to involve students in the Office of the Attorney General’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit, established by Paxton in 2021.

Hands-On Experience for Students: Selected students will intern with the unit, gaining valuable hands-on experience while earning college credit. With over 20,000 cold case homicides in Texas alone, the unit is overwhelmed with cases.

Program Details: The internship program spans two semesters, starting in the fall of 2024. Students will have the opportunity to work directly on cold cases, offering fresh perspectives and insights.

Texas College Students to Assist in Solving Cold Case Files

Potential Expansion: While the program is currently exclusive to Texas State University, there’s speculation about its potential expansion to other colleges in the state. Texas State’s reputation as one of the top criminal justice schools in the country may attract more students to participate.

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Exciting Prospects: For students involved, solving a cold case could be a career-defining achievement. The program not only offers valuable experience but also the chance to make a real impact in solving crimes and bringing closure to families.

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