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Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Cold Case Playing Card Initiative

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Corrections and law enforcement agencies statewide, has created a deck of cold case playing cards. These cards highlight 52 violent unsolved homicide, missing person and unidentified remains cases that have occurred throughout Minnesota in the past 50 years.

Why Create the Cards?

The goal is to gain further information and tips to help solve Minnesota's cold cases.

Who Gets the Cards?

The card decks have been distributed to all 515 Minnesota police departments and sheriff offices, plus 75 county jail and annex facilities. In addition, over 10,000 decks have been supplied to Minnesota state prison inmates.

How did this Come About?

The BCA sent a request to more than 500 Minnesota law enforcement agencies, requesting nominations for cases to be featured on the cards. The BCA Cold Case Unit Review Board reviewed submissions and selected 52 cold cases to be featured in this initiative. Written permission and photographs were then collected from the families of victims, and the cards were assembled using victim photos and details of the investigation.

How can the Public Help?

If you know any additional information or can provide tips regarding these or any other cold cases, call 1-877-996-6222, email bca.coldcase@state.mn.us, or submit information via the tip form (can be done anonymously).