Dothan Police reopening cold cases

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – The Dothan Police Department is tackling unsolved murders in the city.

"A homicide case never goes away, it's always going to be there until we bring closure," says Sgt. Jon Beeson.

It's closure for the families that the police department is looking for.

That's why they're starting a cold case homicide unit; they plan to reopen a case each month.

"The families of those crimes that are not solved, to give them some closure and to help maybe bring these people that committed those crimes to justice," says Chief of Police Greg Benton.

There are 23 unsolved homicides in Dothan dating back to the 1970's and with the way technology is progressing its allowing investigators to re look at evidence in new ways.

"The sciences have improved dramatically where at one point you needed a sizeable amount of blood anymore now you just need a single cell, it's amazing what can be done," says Sgt. Beeson.

The cold case unit has already resubmitted evidence from some cases and is now waiting for results.

One of the first cold cases the Dothan Police Department has reopened is the murder of Gussie Mae Moody, the doll lady.

Moody was stabbed at a home on North Alice Street in 1989.

If you have information about this case you can call the Dothan Police Department at 615-3000 or Crimestoppers at 793-7000.

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