Every year there are murders in Shreveport that go unsolved. Just in the last couple of years, there was 16 year old Samuel Anderson on Audrey Lane, two year old Ja'marsay Summerfield on Panatella, Sherri Payton on Lynbrook Boulevard. This summer, there was 84 year old Helen Anderson who was killed in her home on Vine Street and Latonya Jones who was killed at her home on Rex Street.
"Our investigators that work those cases are all too keenly aware of the responsibility that rests on their shoulders. That's something never leaves their minds," says Shreveport Police Public Information Officer Bill Goodin.
That responsibility is to victims and their families, Goodin tells us. We talked to Sherri Payton's daughter on the phone. Payton was killed inside her home on Lynbrook Boulevard in November 2010. Brandy Taylor says she is in close contract with the detective on her mother's case.
"he's still looking at it daily. But there are a few persons of interest. But just because of the law system, the technicality, we do not have enough probable cause to actually issue a warrant for these people to come for an interview as well as give a DNA sample."
Bill Goodin says there's no statute of limitations on murders, so the cases are open until they're solved.
"At any point, if we get additional information, additional evidence comes to light that can help us solve those cases, we're going to follow up immediately."
That was the case in May. A tip led police to the weapon used in a 2009 murder on West 70th Street. Waco Collins and Timothy Thomas were arrested charged in that.
"Once you get that new information, you just begin the case like it never even happened...like it's a fresh investigation," says SPD Detective Rod Demery.
Demery uses that example to explain how new information can sometimes take months or even years to get to because witnesses sometimes take that long to cooperate.
"Sometimes it's a little more difficult because you have to go back and jog people's memories. But initially when that investigation began, some of that information wasn't there. As months went by, people felt more comfortable."
Brandy Taylor remains hopeful that her case will heat up.
"In the earthly sense, there won't be any peace until I feel there's justice and we find out who did this," Taylor says.
If you have information on these cases or any other unsolved murder, call Crimestoppers.
You can remain anonymous, they just want your information. That number is 318-673-7373.
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