Cuts prompt St. Paul police to fold cold-case unit

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Dec 26, 2011 at 8:15 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Budget cuts and retirements have left St. Paul police without a dedicated cold-case unit.

Sgt. Anita Muldoon used to be the department's exclusive cold-case investigator. But she retired two months ago. A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says since then, cases of "moderate solvability'' have been dispersed among seven homicide detectives.

Muldoon says that's a concern. She says those detectives also have other responsibilities, and can't devote the same time that a dedicated unit could.

Senior Commander Bill Martinez is the head of the department's homicide unit. He says it would be ideal to have two or three dedicated investigators, but the reality is there's not enough money. He says overall federal funding is down considerably.

However, he adds that the current setup isn't hindering the long-unsolved cases.

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