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13th Annual Meeting
October 4th, 2014
Brittany Hill Event Center
FOHVAMP Executives Speak at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
Rob Wells, Executive Director
Mark Reichert, President
Tina Terry, Vice President
Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons Executive Director Rob Wells, President Mark Reichert, Vice President Tina Terry, and board member Diane Riechert recently spoke at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. to express the need for a National Cold Case Database. To our knowledge, FOHVAMP’s Colorado Cold Case Database is the first cold case database in the nation to have been compiled. Since 1970, in Colorado, there have been approximately 1,600 unsolved murders, which is 38% of all of Colorado’s murders during this time period. The number is lower than the national average which the FBI estimates to be 42%.
The FOHVAMP members visiting Washington met with Florida Victim Advocate Ryan Backmann, of Compassionate Families, Inc. Ryan’s father was murdered in a robbery. His father’s murder is unsolved. Ryan is in the process of putting together a Florida Cold Case Database. With only one-third of the Florida jurisdictions reporting, there are 4,400 unsolved murders. Jacksonville alone has 1,400, nearly the amount for the entire state of Colorado.
We will keep you posted on the progress of The National Cold Case Database through this website and on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FOHVAMP.
Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons, Inc. (FOHVAMP) is a nonprofit organization working in Colorado to find, support and empower families suffering from a loved one's unresolved murder or long-time suspicious disappearance. We provide peer support, assistance with victim compensation, referrals and coordination with other organizations for services and assistance. We serve as a liaison with law enforcement agencies, provide criminal justice support and advocacy. We work with Universities on special studies, many of which have been published. We seek out victim families (co-victims) to assist. Every October, we host an Annual Meeting with guest speakers to bring together victim families and law enforcement.