Lansing police looking to form cold case unit

LANSING (AP) — Plans to partner with the Detroit Crime Commission could help police in Lansing solve decades-old murder cases.

The two agencies are working to organize a cold case unit, WLNS-TV reported.

Investigators on the team would be able to use the latest advances in DNA technology, according to the Detroit Crime Commission.

Attention needs to be given to unsolved cases because — for families — there is an absence of justice, Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green said.

Sheri Pruitt, whose 17-year-old son was slain in 2014, said the initiative is exciting and hopes it will bring answers and closure to her family.

Her son, Richard, was struck after someone fired shots into the family’s home, Pruitt said.

“Something told me to stand up and go to the window,” she said. “And that’s when it happened. I thought Richard had fallen. I ran downstairs and ran past him and called 911.”