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Cold Case Unit

Cold Case Unit

The Wichita Police Department is committed to the continued investigation of unsolved homicides and missing person cases. The Cold Case Unit is compiled of over 200 open and unsolved homicides since the mid-1970s.  These cases will not be forgotten and the ultimate goal is to successfully close these cases with new information, updated testing, or witness cooperation that could lead to prosecution. Please contact the Wichita Police Department Cold Case Unit at coldcase@wichita.gov.

  • Cold Case: Candace Thomas (Homicide)

    Case Date: January 14, 1990

    Location: 1-135 and 1st Street

    Synopsis

    ​On January 14, 1990 Candace Thomas was found unconscious on the canal route at I-135 and 1st Street.  She had head injuries and internal injuries and appeared to have been pushed or fallen from a vehicle.

  • Cold Case: Merrill Knaak (Homicide)

    Case Date: February 9, 1988

    Location: 2003 E. Murdock

    Synopsis

    ​On February 9, 1988 Merrill Knaak was found dead on his kitchen floor by his son. Police said he died of internal bleeding after being hit or kicked in the head several times, possibly by a burglar.  

  • Cold Case: Nijura Allen (Homicide)

    Case Date: February 2, 1985

    Location: 156 N. Poplar

    Synopsis

    ​On February 2, 1985 2 month old Nijura Allen was found unresponsive at her residence of 156 N. Poplar.  She had extensive head trauma and was being cared for by her father and her grandmother.  

  • Cold Case: Bilal Muhammed (Homicide)

    Case Date: November 22, 1983

    Location: 1800 N. Lorraine

    Synopsis

    On November 22, 1983 Bilal Muhammed, 26 years old, was found at 1800 N. Lorraine with a fatal stab wound

  • Cold Case: Daisy Hamilton (Homicide)

    Case Date: December 14, 1982

    Location: I-135 and 29th St. North

    Synopsis

    ​On December 14, 1982 34 year old Daisy Hamilton was found deceased near a pond at I-135 and 29th St North from apparent head trauma.

  • Cold Case: Roland Dumont (Homicide)

    Case Date: January 23, 1982

    Location: 804 E. Douglas

    Synopsis

    On January 23, 1982 Roland Dumont was shot and killed during a robbery at the Eaton Tap Room at 804 E. Douglas.  

  • Cold Case: Validia Wage (Homicide)

    Case Date: December 31, 1982

    Location: 441 N. Santa Fe

    Synopsis

    ​On December 31, 1982 Valdia Wage 56 years old was found at 441 N. Santa Fe dead.  Her cause of death was strangulation.  

  • Cold Case: Linda Shawn Casey (Homicide)

    Case Date: June 29, 1985

    Location: 356 N. Spruce #1

    Synopsis

    ​On June 29, 1985 31 year old Linda Shawn Casey was found deceased from stab wounds at her residence of 356 N. Spruce #1.  She had been bound, beaten, sexually assaulted and stabbed.

  • Cold Case: Krista Martin (Homicide)

    Case Date: October 2, 1989

    Location: 506 S. Osage

    Synopsis

    ​On October 2, 1989 Krista Martin (20 years old) was found beaten to death in her apartment at 506 S. Osage after having been struck in the back of the head with a blunt object.

  • Cold Case: Shannon Olson (Homicide)

    Case Date: November 1, 1987

    Location: 29th and Hydraulic

    Synopsis

    ​On November 1, 1987 two fisherman found a body floating in the sand pit at 29th and Hydraulic.  Shannon Olson was only 15 years old and had been stabbed several times in the chest, her throat was slashed and her hands were tied behind her back.  Shannon had left to get a drink on Halloween night and never returned.

  • Cold Case: Gloria McCullough (Homicide)

    Case Date: January 9, 1982

    Location: 9th and Mead

    Synopsis

    ​On January 9, 1982 Gloria McCullough was found lying behind a vehicle on the northwest corner of 9th and Mead.  She died from trauma to the head.  

  • Cold Case: Louella Davis (Homicide)

    Case Date: September 6, 1981

    Location: 1918 N. Ash

    Synopsis

    ​On September 6, 1981, Louella Davis was found at her residence of 1918 N. Ash deceased from a gunshot wound.   She was asleep when an unknown person fired a shotgun through her bedroom window.  Detectives said the window was open the killer made a hole in the screen where they placed the shotgun and fired.

  • Cold Case: Carolyn Rivers (Homicide)

    Case Date: June 7, 1981

    Location: 2002 N. Minneapolis

    Synopsis

    ​On June 7, 1981 Earnest (23 years old ) and Carolyn (22 years old) Rivers were shot and killed in their residence of 2002 N. Minneapolis.  

  • Cold Case: Earnest Rivers (Homicide)

    Case Date: June 7, 1981

    Location: 2002 N. Minneapolis

    Synopsis

    ​On June 7, 1981 Earnest (23 years old ) and Carolyn (22 years old) Rivers were shot and killed in their residence of 2002 N. Minneapolis.

  • Cold Case: Eunice Gasper (Homicide)

    Case Date: August 11, 1980

    Location: 2111 E. Random Rd.

    Synopsis

    ​On August 11, 1980 Eunice Gasper (47 year old female) was found deceased with a gunshot wound to the back of her head at her residence of 2111 E. Random Road.

  • Cold Case: Dennis Henderson (Homicide)

    Case Date: February 6, 1980

    Location: 2600 E. 14th st. N.

    Synopsis

    ​On February 6, 1980 Dennis Henderson was found lying on the ground at 2600 E. 14th St. North with a fatal stab wound.  

  • Cold Case: James Perkins (Homicide)

    Case Date: September 3, 1977

    Location: 200 S. Commerce

    Synopsis

    ​On September 3, 1977 James Perkins (33 w/m) was found deceased in the ally east of 200 S. Commerce from trauma to the head.

  • Cold Case: Emma Foster (Homicide)

    Case Date: July 25, 1975

    Location: 1643 N. Volutsia

    Synopsis

    On July 25, 1975, Jonah (95 years old) and Emma (83 years old) Foster were located inside of their residence at 1643 N. Volutsia with multiple stab wounds.

  • Cold Case: Jonah Foster (Homicide)

    Case Date: July 25, 1975

    Location: 1643 N. Volutsia

    Synopsis

    ​On July 25, 1975, Jonah (95 years old) and Emma (83 years old) Foster were located inside of their residence at 1643 N. Volutsia with multiple stab wounds.

  • Cold Case: Eula Johnson (Homicide)

    Case Date: January 23, 1975

    Location: 111 W. Douglas

    Synopsis

    On January 23, 1975 Eula Johnson arrived to work where 2 males were robbing The Lancer's Club at 111 W. Douglas.  She died of a heart attack after she was told to lie on the ground.  

  • Cold Case: Herbert McWright (Homicide)

    Case Date: May 25, 1968

    Location: 10th Street between Indiana and Ohio

    Synopsis

    ​On May 25, 1968, Herbert McWright was found in his parked car on 10th Street between Indiana and Ohio with a gunshot wound.  He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injury.

  • Cold Case: Louise Henderson (Homicide)

    Case Date: October 15, 1967

    Location: 1104 N. Chautauqua

    Synopsis

    ​On October 15, 1967 James and Louise Henderson were found shot and killed at their residence of 1104 N. Chautauqua.  Their young children were in the house at the time and were unharmed.  Louise Henderson had her four week old baby by her side in bed.  

  • Cold Case: James Henderson (Homicide)

    Case Date: October 15, 1967

    Location: 1104 N. Chautauqua

    Synopsis

    ​On October 15, 1967 James and Louise Henderson were found shot and killed at their residence of 1104 N. Chautauqua.  Their young children were in the house at the time and were unharmed.  Louise Henderson had her 4 week old baby by her side in bed.  

  • Cold Case: Barbara Smith (Homicide)

    Case Date: October 24, 1980

    Location: 1151 S. Waverly

    Synopsis

    ​On October 24, 1980 Barbara Smith (37 years old) was found at her residence of 1151 S. Waverly Drive with fatal head injuries.  

  • Cold Case: George Almquist (Homicide)

    Case Date: September 14, 1978

    Location: 930 N. Broadway

    Synopsis

    ​On September 14, 1978 George Almquist, 43 years old, was found deceased from a trauma to the head and a gunshot wound to the head at 930 N. Broadway.  He was the Minister of a Kansas Methodist church and was in Wichita attending a conference.  

  • Cold Case: Sherry Baker (Homicide)

    Case Date: November 12, 1974

    Location: 603 N. New York

    Synopsis

    ​On November 12, 1974 Sherry Baker was located deceased in her residence of 603 N. New York with multiple stab wounds.  

  • Cold Case: Leonard Rowe (Homicide)

    Case Date: October 2, 1985

    Location: 1303 N. Minneapolis

    Synopsis

    ​On October 2, 1985, Officers were sent to the home of Leonard and Mary Rowe where they found Leonard decease of apparent stab wounds and blunt force trauma and Mary had critical injuries from her throat being slashed and survived.  

  • Cold Case: Hamp Lewis (Homicide)

    Case Date: June 9, 2004

    Location: 2037 N. Minneapolis

    Synopsis

    ​On June 9, 2004 Hamp Lewis's daughter was unable to get ahold of him and went to his residence to check on him.  When she entered the home she found him deceased.  He had trauma to the head.  

  • Cold Case: Mary Crupper (Homicide)

    Case Date: September 12, 1979

    Location: 18th and Wabash

    Synopsis

    ​On September 8, 1979 Mary Crupper left her residence around 5pm to go to the grocery store.  Her husband and 12 year old daughter were at home.  Mary's husband became concerned after she had not returned after 1 ½ hours and went to look for her.  He was unable to find her or her vehicle after checking with family and friends and re-tracing her steps to the store.  He called the police and made a missing person's report.  On September 12, 1979 her vehicle was located near 10th and Cleveland and her body was located near 18th and Wabash.  

  • Cold Case: Gary Isaacs (Homicide)

    Case Date: January 10, 1992

    Location: 3330 W. Douglas

    Synopsis

    ​On January 10, 1992 Gary Isaacs was found beaten to death on the floor of an office building where his perfume distribution company had set up shop at 3330 W. Douglas. He died from multiple blows to the head.