The purpose of this paper is to highlight the crisis of cold case investigations and discuss the advancements being made in this area over the last four decades. Technology such as CCTV cameras, DNA Phenotyping, and Genetic Genealogy have allowed many cases to be reopened but there are still not enough resources or funds to close the immense number of unsolved cases. There are also ethical concerns being addressed to allow for this technology to continue to be applicable. In some instances, it takes a combination of preexisting technology and new applications to work around previous barriers in investigations. Despite the progress that has been made, research and resources remain a priority for the goal of closing cold cases.
"Advancements in Technology to Solve Cold Cases,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science: Vol. 11
, Article 1.