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DPS cold-case unit activated

THE CNMI Department of Public Safety has activated its cold-case unit to look into unresolved cases dating back to 1977.

Asked what prompted the decision, DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero said funding was always an issue, “but once we have identified funding we also identified personnel to work on those (cases).”

Guerrero said the cold-case unit is under the Criminal Investigative Bureau.

He added that the unit will look into cold cases in general. “One case is not prioritized over others. If we generate more information in one case, then we will focus on it.”

The CIB cold-case unit is funded through the Criminal Justice Planning Agency.

Guerrero did not indicate the amount of grant DPS received.

In an earlier statement, DPS said the cold-case unit will look into homicides and missing-person cases including the 1995 homicide of a woman found near the Marpi shoreline, the 1997 robbery homicide of Marsha Kim, the 2016 homicide case of Li Qiang Ding, and the 2014 disappearance of the Yamada sisters.

You may report any information or details regarding any cold case by calling Lt. Simon Manacop at 664-9042. Or if you wish to remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272.