Police team up to solve cold cases

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Tawanda Fulwood still remembers the day she rushed to her mother's house to help find her little brother.

"My mom had called and let us know that he was missing," Fulwood said.

Before she got there, her phone rang. She found out that her brother 13-year-old Isaiah Brooks had been killed.

He had been shot in the head. Detectives found his body in a driveway on Machine Street.

"What could a 13-year-old child who probably stood no taller than 5 feet, do to you to make you want to take his life?"

Eight years later, Isaiah's killer still hasn't been found.

"We often have some rage," Fulwood said. "It's still unsolved. We don't know who did it."

It is a wound often felt by the families of homicide victims whose cases have never been solved.

"You want that closure for them as much as they want that closure," said Detective Shelley Lovejoy of the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Lovejoy has been working hard on a plan to bring families that closure through the Piedmont Triad Cold Case Initiative.

Through a federal grant, detectives from Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point will work together to solve cold cases using DNA evidence.

Lovejoy says detectives will send those items to a private lab to look for new leads.

It is technology that hasn't always been available.

Winston-Salem police have 79 cold cases dating as far back as 1972. Greensboro police have about 89. High Point has 38.

"We have a responsibility as an agency to do everything we can to bring justice for those families," Lovejoy said.

"Just having that closure and that peace for families will make a big difference," Fulwood said.

City Council members from Greensboro, Winston-Salema and High Point have to approve the plan before the initiative can begin.

Greensboro City Council approved the plan on Tuesday.

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