BOSTON (AP) – Boston police are planning to bring back an elite “cold case” squad that once cracked dozens of unsolved murders.

The squad vanished about eight years ago amid leadership changes and diminishing resources. But the Boston Herald reports it’s being reborn at the behest of top brass, including commissioner Edward Davis.

Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll says it’s a good time to reintroduce the squad, but the department is still figuring out exactly how to do it.

Among the most notorious unsolved cases: the 1996 murder of Swedish nanny Karina Holmer, who was strangled and cut in two.

Overall, the rate at which Boston police identify a suspect in a homicide is between 30 and 35 percent. That’s below the national average.


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