HOUSTON - A cold case is defined as a crime that remains unsolved after all leads have been exhausted. A case can turn cold after just a few months, and they often stay that way for years.
Currently, more than 250,000 murder cases across the country are considered cold, which doesn't even include those of missing persons. Numbers like that are truly overwhelming for law enforcement which is why people like Alex Baber and his wife J-Lynn have devoted their lives to fill in the gap.
For more than 20 years, The Babers and their team with Cold Case Consultants of America have been investigating unsolved crimes on their own, usually through open records requests and old case files.
The team, which is made up of former detectives, forensic researchers, and journalists, start from the very beginning, making sure nothing was missed.
"You'd be really surprised how many people out there have never been interviewed," Alex said. "They're actually close and connected to these cases, but they have never sat down with law enforcement and been interviewed."
He has worked on more than 100 cases and although he says he can never guarantee families he'll be able to solve their loved one's mystery, he is usually able to give them more information than they originally had.