For the first time in nearly a decade, the Corpus Christi Police Department is well on its way to finishing out the year without any unsolved homicides.
They have managed to close all 12 of the homicide investigations so far this year.
"It's a great thing. Anytime we have an unsolved homicide, it's bad, and it's something we take very personally," CCPD Lt. Kelly Isaacks said.
It is something Isaacks said has not happened in a while. CCPD records show that four out of 12 homicides in 2011 remain unsolved. Five cases remain open from 2010. Out of the 15 homicides that took place in 2009, three are unsolved.
Isaacks said that changes within the department have helped detectives catch the killers much quicker than before. The gang and narcotics units are now part of the criminal investigations team.
"I think it's a better team effort that we're having this year," Isaacks said.
That teamwork trickles down to the victims' families. Homicide victim advocate Donna Watkins said that, when the suspected killer is behind bars, family members can begin the healing process.
"There is never going to be any closure until that person is caught that took their loved ones," Watkins said.
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