2015: A busy year for TPD

Posted at 10:28 PM, Jan 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-02 23:28:46-05

2015 was a busy year for the Tulsa Police Department as detectives worked 58 homicides in the city.

Out of those 58, eleven are still unsolved and are still being investigated. But detectives say just because we're in a new year, doesn't mean those cases will be forgotten.

“ was kind of a busy year, at one point it was looking like we were going to have a whole bunch more than that,” said Sgt. Dave wWalker of Tulsa's Homicide Division. 

Detectives closed over eighty percent of those cases. Among them, several gang-related killings – the most difficult to solve according to investigators. 

But among the several open cases, it's the senseless that stick out and leave behind the most question marks.

“The second one of the year was Rodney i feel that we should solve, but we just haven't gotten any traction,” said Walker.

52-year-old Dorsey's family hadn't heard from him in weeks when he was found stabbed to death in his north Tulsa home in January 2015. A motive or a suspect are still mysteries.

"It's hard on the families and it's hard on us because we want to get them solved and dog gone it, we haven't got what we need just yet,” said Walker.

Now that Tulsa has entered a new year and a new workload begins, Walker says investigators are looking to the community for help – before these cases get any colder.

“We're lucky we live in Tulsa, where the community actually gets us to where we need to be," he said. "We're willing to put in the effort, and the time for as long as it takes if the community wants to assist us. And if they keep calling, we'll stay out there.”

Police say they are making headway in at least three cases from 2015 as well as a few others from years past. 

They urge anyone who can lend information for any type of crime to call the police department's Crimestoppers line at 918-596-COPS where you can remain anonymous if you wish

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