Cold cases tear at my heart strings but when they involve the unsolved murders of children, they are even more upsetting. Bill Comeans was 5 days from turning 15-years old when he was murdered in Columbus, Ohio. He was a student at Westland High School in Galloway, Ohio. I attended this high school and Bill grew up in my neighborhood. Everyone who knew him had nothing but glowing comments about him. He was a thoughtful, loving kid with a giant heart. He had a paper route that he got so he could use his earnings to buy a piano. Every year he played Santa Claus for the neighbor boy. It brought him great joy to spread kindness to others, but someone wanted to harm Bill. That is what is so unbelievable about this case. Bill had no enemies that anyone knew of. He was well liked by everyone.
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These are the kinds of news stories that I like reading! Curtis Tucker, who is a 63-year old veteran living in Oakland, California was arrested and charged for the murder and sexual assault of 13-year old, Julie McElhiney. He was arrested at the Oakland Veterans Affairs clinic. On August 9, 1974 her mother found her in the home deceased with a blow to the head. For decades the case was cold, and there were no leads. In April 2010, the cold case unit found evidence that might have viable DNA and submitted it to the crime lab for analysis. Unfortunately, as on CSI, DNA results are not received in minutes, and many crime labs are severely backlogged with work. This was the case in Julia’s case. The match did not come in until November, and they had to do additional tests to ensure that the sample was for sure Tucker. Law enforcement also had to determine if Tucker was still alive and where he was living.
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