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March 2, 2014

Shot down in her prime

Destiny Pittman's slaying is one of a number of cold cases that have stumped area police over the years.

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While the Pittman case is the most recent cold case, Kokomo police continue to work on seven other unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1980.

Galloway said a lack of cooperation from witnesses often hinders investigations and delays solving cold cases.

Two cases in particular — the June 2012 slaying of Timothy Scott and the Nov. 15, 2006 shooting death of Chad Rouse — are prime examples, she said.

Scott was shot to death in the 900 block of East Broadway Street in front of a number of people, while Rouse was found dead of a gunshot wound to the back at 1426 S. Armstrong St. In that case, there was one eyewitness.

"The Timothy Scott case is the same thing," she said.

"We had about 10 witnesses within 5 feet of the shooting and no one will talk," said Galloway."We encourage anyone with information to come forward.

"In the Rouse case, we had an eyewitness who has been less than cooperative with police," she said.

Even though KPD does not have a cold case unit, Galloway said the department's policy is to review every cold case at least once a year, unless they get more information in a case.

The Howard County Sheriff Department also has its share of cold cases. The sheriff department has four unsolved cases dating back to 1980.

Capt. Greg Hargrove said the April 13, 2012 shooting of 18-year-old Hassan Burnett, is the most recent. Burnett was found lying in the intersection at 300 East and 100 North in the early morning hours. The young man had attended Kokomo High School, and was with a friend until about 1 or 2 in the morning. What happened to him after remains a mystery.

"We still stay in contact with the family," he said of the case.

"There's so many players involved. He knew a lot of people. We're working with city police and are putting our heads together," he said of the investigation. "We have people of interest, who we try to keep tabs on."

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