"Our cold cases, homicide cases, are never closed. These cases remain open until the time they are solved," Kern County Undersheriff Marty Williamson said.
For four months in 2008, the Sheriff's Department had retired homicide Detective Mike Moore assigned strictly to cold cases.
While they still don't know who thatJane Doe is, the cold case investigation uncovered some new evidence, but the detective had to be let go because of the budget before he could solve the case
"We have not been able to bring back enough funding to bring back the extra help position to be able to continue in 2009 or 2010, Williamson said.
"Sheriff’s Department officials hope that soon will change. They are partnering with the District Attorney's crime lab, which has applied for a $400,000 grant, aimed specifically at solving cold case murders through forensic science.
"Cases can be solved, especially when you go back with a fresh set of eyes," Williamson said.
If the grant is approved the Sheriff's Department will hire two part-time sets of eyes, to exclusively solve cold cases. If they don't get the grant, homicide detectives will have to keep doing what they are doing, which is looking at cold cases when they have down time, which is rare.