BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — It sounds like a crossover episode of two TV crime dramas: NCIS and cold case. But in Brunswick County this week, it’s a joint effort trying to solve some real life murder mysteries.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office along with NCIS are holding a three-day cold case training seminar. Law enforcement will take a look at old cases to try and find new leads.
“We will invite the agencies represented here to share some of their cases with us and there will be a brainstorming, if you will, a sharing of ideas, not only between NCIS and local agencies but between the local agencies,” NCIS Director Mark Clookie said.
In 1995 NCIS developed the first cold case homicide unit. Now many local law enforcement agencies have followed suit.
This week detectives from across the region are working together on their cold cases. One case is the 1987 Brunswick County Murder of Jaye Potter Mintz.
“That’s something that we will go over as far as the seminar and look in more detail and hopefully we can apply some of the techniques that we learn to this case,” Brunswick County John Ingram said.
NCIS has solved cases even older than the Mintz murder. They have solved 62 cases overall, with their oldest going more than 35 years unsolved.
“It’s the hope that the diversity of the experience and the training in the room is going to come together coalesce and hopefully resolve some of these cases,” Clookie said.
Investigators from New Hanover, Columbus, Anson and Horry counties along with the SBI are also on hand for the training.