Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

First Coast Crime Stoppers Creates Cold Case Cards; Inmates Will Be Given Decks in the Hopes They Have Information

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

First Coast Crime Stoppers Creates Cold Case Cards; Inmates Will Be Given Decks in the Hopes They Have Information

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Byline: ADAM AASEN

First Coast Crime Stoppers is using an unusual new tool to solve cold cases: playing cards.

Five thousand decks of cards featuring profiles of unsolved cases are being sent to local jails, First Coast Crime Stoppers and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Friday.

The hope is that inmates who might know about the cases will come forward with information, said Wyllie Hodges, executive director of First Coast Crime Stoppers.

"The people already in jail are going to be bragging to others," Hodges told Times-Union news partner First Coast News. "We're going to solve some cold cases with these cards right here."

The idea came from a similar plan in jails in South Florida.

The cards cost $1.45 a deck and were distributed for free to First Coast jails, police said.

The cases go back as far as 1980 for Carol Ann Barrett, an 18-year-old who was found dead on Interstate 95 after she was abducted from Daytona Beach during spring break.

There also are cases as recent as 21-year-old Trayonis Allen, shot to death Jan. 12.

The playing cards are part of several new initiatives planned by First Coast Crime Stoppers for the coming months.

Since 2003, First Coast Crime Stoppers has received 3,957 tips that have led to 523 arrests and solved 801 cases, according to its Web site. …

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