Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha is advocating for the establishment of a statewide cold case unit, citing the need for additional resources to tackle the backlog of unsolved cases. Neronha has requested $300,000 from the state to create a cold case unit consisting of at least two prosecutors and two investigators. Lauren Malloy, founder of Unsolved RI, also testified in support of the proposed unit, stating that law enforcement officials in the state lack the necessary resources to pursue cold cases. Malloy’s advocacy for a cold case unit is inspired by her experience investigating her mother’s death in 1993, which was only reopened last fall due to insufficient resources allocated to the case. A statewide cold case unit, according to Malloy and Neronha, would provide justice to victims and closure to their families.

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