With new technology comes hope for the coldest of cold cases


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The faces are haunting.

They stare, straight ahead, unblinking and made of malleable clay. There are fourteen total, all busts of the missing, the unidentified, the murdered.

The forgotten.

On Friday morning, these faces appeared before law enforcement, University of South Florida experts and the public for the first time. The clay busts were the effort of University of South Florida forensic anthropologists and forensic artists, who came together to comb through cold case files, print the skulls in 3D plastic, then mold faces and heads around the skulls.

They’re hoping to solve 20 cases, including 12 from Florida, four from Pennsylvania, two from Kentucky, one from Missouri, and one from Tennessee.

For photos and details and about the cases, go to usf.edu/forensicsevent

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