A handful of open murder cases remain on the desks of detectives at the Alton Police Station. Having just taken over as Police Chief, Jake Simmons says these cases will continue to be worked, and has hopes that all five will be brought to a conclusion at some point. One unsolved murder dates back more than 25 years, but there is no statute of limitations on a murder charge.
In these open cases, police have either come to an impasse, or have dealt with a lack of witness cooperation, even in cases where they think they know who did it but cannot prove it. Simmons says one of those cases in which witnesses are still being urged to break their silence is the case of DaRon Hearn (pictured, top), who was fatally shot outside of the Oakwood Estates public housing complex in April of 2007.
Other unsolved cases include that of James Holman, who was killed in July of 2005, Felicia Rexford, who was stabbed to death on the Target parking lot in 1996, and Julianne Gottlob, who was killed in 1986. Kristy Black (pictured, middle) was stabbed multiple times before her body was dumped near the boat launch area at Piasa Harbor in 2001. Although still technically a missing persons case, Simmons says detectives are still actively working the Bonnie Woodward (pictured, bottom) case as well. Anyone with information on any of these cases can call Alton Police at 463-3505, ext. 225, or the anonymous tip line at 465-5948.