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Many local unsolved murders not posted on statewide database

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - More than 1,800 cases are now included in the Ohio Unsolved Homicides Database. But 21 News found that police agencies in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties rarely utilize the resource.

Akron has submitted information on 169 unsolved homicides.

Columbus police have submitted 608 cases.

Youngstown has sent information on two unsolved homicides,

Niles and Girard have submitted none.

Cindy Michael's grandson was only a toddler when he, his 22-year old  mother Lena Cross, and her other 5-year old son were murdered in their Girard apartment in 2005.  

Michael says those murders, and other unsolved Girard murders such as that of Charlotte Nagi Polis, Charlie Lamancusa, Tammy Harris and Darlene Zarlenga, are not listed on the state database. 

In Columbiana County, information about just two of 30 unsolved murders since 1970 have been added to the database according to Columbiana County Family of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons.

The group's founder Belinda Puchajda's cousin Michael Williams was murdered in August of 2005.

Although Williams says that her cousin's murder is included in the database, she would like to see all of the victims cases included.

Attorney General Michael DeWine says it doesn't take much time to submit information on cold cases.

His office sent letters to all police departments in September in 2012 inviting all agencies to use the resources of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.

He says police departments from across the state can look to see if there were similar methods a killer used to possibly help determine if there might be a serial killer involved.

The Attorney General notes that the public may also search the database which might make someone remember something that could be helpful to put a killer or killers behind bars.

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