Little Rock cold case unit hopes to bring families closure

Cold case unit hopes to bring closure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Omar Yancy was found dead in the trunk of a car at the 2000 block of Louisiana Street in Little Rock 18 years ago.

His case is a haunting memory his mother, Redious Yancy, said she can't shake.

“I remember it like it was yesterday, it was early in the morning and I was getting ready to go to work and there was a knock on the door,” she said.

A knock she wasn’t expecting to change her life forever.

“It's devastating, it's torture, the first thing I think about when I get up in the morning is him,” she said.

Even after all these years, she said she’s still holding on to hope for closure. That's what the new Little Rock Police Department cold case team is hoping to do, bring closure to families like Omar Yancy's. Former homicide detective, Tommy Hudson, came back from retirement to work part time on the team.

“We're looking at cases that have happened in the past few months to decades ago,” he said.

He said the police department is trying to take the right steps to solve cold cases.

“It helps take some of the burden off the homicide detectives too because some of those people haven't had a day off since May,” he said.

He said it's hard to tell families to be patient because they've been waiting for so long.

“I can tell you we have cases that we anticipate future arrest soon,” he said.

He said investigators are coming for the bad guys.

“They may think they're walked away but nope we're coming,” he said.

As for Ms. Yancy, she prays that one day, she'll get her answers.

“I want closure, that's all I want, to find out who murdered my son and why,” she said.

The new cold case unit is expected to be a permanent addition to the department.

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