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Investigators Add Madison Co. Murder to Cold Case Registry

LONDON, Ohio (Steve Levine/Ken Hines) -- Investigators tasked with solving the murder of a Madison County man are getting some help from Ohios Attorney General.

The July 3, 2010 shooting death of Mt. Sterling resident Jack Burgoon was recently added to the states cold case registry, which includes more than 1800 open murders listed in an online database.

People may say, 'Why are you doing this?'" Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. "Well, we need the publics help frankly."

Nearly a third of the cases listed on the cold case registry are from the Columbus area, including some homicides that occurred decades ago.

I can honestly say, we have not solved one of these cases from these tips, but we have gotten a lot of information, Columbus Police Sgt. Eric Pilya said.

State officials say it was a tip from an out-of-state inmate that led the agency to expand the database last year.

He wanted to give information on a homicide, and we were never able to get info, said the A.G. Cold Case Registry's Roger Davis.

Tipsters with information about cold cases can provide investigators with anonymous information by phone, or through the online database. Tips are then passed onto local law enforcement.

Click here to access the Ohio Cold Case Registry.
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