Cathy Lanier, police chief of Washington,D.C., announces creation of YouTube videos featuring unsolved cases in hopes of generating the public's help in solving the crimes

9:57 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - A series of YouTube videos highlighting unsolved cases have been produced by MPD's Cold Case squad in hopes of generating information from the public, Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced on Friday.

The videos feature family members discussing their loved ones and making appeals to the public for assistance in solving the cases.

Each video plays out like a mini version of a TV crime drama, with shots of police files, headquarters and detectives to set the scene, and conversations with victims' families, telling the stories of the individual victims of the crimes.

Cases featured in the videos include the May 2006 homicide of 35-year-old Marcus Johnson, who was fatally shot in the 1400 block of First Street, NW


Another case featured is the April 2008 homicide of 30-year-old Melvin Seals, who was fatally shot in the 1200 block of Morse Street:

The October 2010 missing person case of 24-year-old Unique Harris is also among the cases highlighted. She was last seen at her home in the 2400 block of Hartford Street, SE

MPD offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone providing information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Anyone with information about any of these cold cases is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. or text message 50411.

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