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Murders, missing people and an armed robbery top the list of local unsolved cases, but police know they could be one critical tip away from solving any of them.

The initial investigations are long over. Detectives have gathered evidence, conducted interviews and followed up on every available tip. But that wasn’t enough to lead to suspects or identify bodies in these five cases, some more than 20 years old.

Officers open the files from time to time to review the information that has been gathered, read interviews with family and neighbors and review physical evidence collected from the scenes. Once officers exhaust all of those leads and time passes, police may get only a few tips a year, if any at all. For the older cases, checking those infrequent calls can be as simple as opening the file and finding out they’ve already heard it, checked it out and found no connection.

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