Cold cases warming up thanks to BSU students

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Central Indiana Crime Stoppers have received 2,500 tips in the first six months of the year. Investigators are attributing some of those tips to students at Ball State University.

Over the past several months some of the criminal justice majors have created 16 public service announcements revisiting cold cases in the area.

The students researched, interviewed loved ones and edited the videos. The 30-second clips increase the visibility of cases that are no longer in the daily news cycle.

“It’s not about college credit. It’s not about the recognition. It is just something you can feel inside about helping others,” said Ball State senior David Blankenship.

Crime Stoppers called 18 sheriff’s departments and 18 police departments for cold cases in their areas. The list was dwindled down and handed to the students. Their public service announcements are being played on Facebook, on the city’s public access channel, and there is a push to play them in theaters before previews.

The spots have increased the visibility of each case, and have even placed the names of the victims back in the minds of residents.

“I’m very impressed. That is all we can ask,” said Ball State professor Bryan Byers.

According to Crime Stoppers, the spots will run during the anniversary of the crimes and during various times of year.

If you would like to learn more about Crime Stoppers click here, or you can find out more about their Facebook page here.

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