New Task Force to Solve Cold Cases

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

Walker County has several unsolved homicide cases. Even though all of the crimes occurred before Sheriff Clint McRae was elected in 2005, he wants each and every one of them solved.

"It means a whole lot to me to continue to pursue these cold cases,” said McRae.

However that can demand a lot of hours from criminal investigators at a small department who have new cases coming in daily.

“Man power is always going to be an issue,” said McRae.

On top of that it can get expensive for the department.

"If you've got the talent in the community, why not tap into it,” asked Donald McWilliams. The 76-year old veteran criminal investigator is one of the newest members at the Walker County Sheriff's Department. The best part is that he comes free of charge. Sheriff McRae asked McWilliams and several other retired investigators who live in the area to form a team that wouldn't have an impact on tax payers.

"They're comprised of volunteers,” said McRae, “We'll sit down and meet. It's like a family everybody gets along real well and feeds off one another."

While the two men come from different generations, they both see eye-to-eye on dealing with the task at hand.

"He's really a progressive sheriff to have come up with this,” said McWilliams, “The more people you have looking at a case, the better of you're going to be."

McRae says the program has been successful in helping move homicide cases forward and even solve burglaries and robberies that had gone cold, "They've got out and beat the bushes and a lot of that information has actually brought our investigation to another level.”

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