Retired detectives volunteer to solve cold cases

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INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been more than three years since 63-year-old Buck Hanna was shot in the head and killed in his kitchen. His gun collection of more than 30 guns was stolen.

His son, James Hanna, remembers October 7, 2010 like it was yesterday.

“My brother and I pulled up and when we came ever the hill it looked like the whole neighborhood was taped off,” said Hanna. “I haven’t had much luck staying in contact with the detective that has been involved with it so I kind of felt neglected.”

He felt that way until this week, when a retired detective showed up, after volunteering to help with the IMPD Cold Case Unit under Lt. Michael Perkins.

“There’s nothing any more rewarding as a homicide detective or any detective or officer for that matter, than to be able to give closure to a victims family on a case,” said Lt. Perkins. “Having the ability to have one of our reserves with a background in investigations be exclusively assigned to my unit is very helpful.”

Lt. Perkins has 700 unsolved cases dating back to 1934 so the assistance from the retired detectives is a huge help.

“I think it’s important for the families to understand that somebody is looking at their case.”

“I’ve been told it could take years and years for a case like this to be solved, or never,  but I’m just not going to stop,” said Hanna.

You don’t have to be a retired officer to help IMPD and you can help with a wide range of things. It takes about a year to become what’s called a Reserve Officer, and you can find more information here.

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