The state Department of Criminal Justice has released a new set of cold case playing cards to inmates throughout the state.
This is the fourth addition of the playing cards, which are produced by the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and the Department of Correction. Each card contains a photo of a homicide victim or missing person and information about the case. The cards are sold to inmates in the hope that one of them may have information on a case.
There have been arrests or convictions in 20 cases featured in the previous decks of cards, and several of the cases involved tips from inmates who saw the cards. Officials said they’ve received more than 675 tips since the first deck was distributed over six years ago.
The cases featured on the cards are often changed for each new addition. The cards are not available for public purchase, but all four sets can be viewed online. The cards are the only playing cards sold to inmates.
“The cold case playing cards have proven to be a valuable tool assisting our investigators with what are among the most challenging cases. Every tip that we get from someone who sees a card and remembers something is another step toward achieving justice to the victims of these crimes and their loved ones,” said Chief State’s Attorney Kane in a release.
Anyone who thinks they have information on a cold case featured on the cards can contact law enforcement at 1-866-623-8058, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail at P.O. Box 962, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.