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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.


Burnett's family raised funds for a reward after his shooting, hoping to bring forward a witness who could bring them closure.

Hargrove also said college students from Ball State are working with Crime Stoppers of Indiana in hopes of solving cold cases around the state including a few of Howard County cases.

"They are getting ready to put out some public services announcements in hopes of generating some interest," he said.

As for the other cases, Hargrove said there is a detective in charge of reviewing cold cases and encourages anyone with information to come forward.

Another unsolved homicide involving Dennis Newsome Jr., has Kokomo and Howard County ties, but it being investigated by state police.

In 1981, state police found the badly decomposed body of Dennis Newsome Jr., 26, Kokomo, Thanksgiving Day in Tipton County. His burnt pickup truck was found near Morgan Street and County Road 250 East in Howard County.

Sheriff department detectives also continue to investigate a long-standing missing person case involving Julie Dalton Johnson that has baffled investigators since her March 1, 1991 disappearance.

Johnson, a mother of four, was 29 when she was reported missing by her husband. She was last seen leaving their trailer home in Kokomo Regency Trailer Park, 4508 E. 200 South. Family and friends told police that Julie would never abandon her children and that they believed she was murdered. Sheriff deputies conducted extensive searches after her disappearance but never found her body.

You can help: Anyone with information about any of these cold cases should contact either the Kokomo Police Department at 765-459-5101, or the Howard County Sheriff Department at 765-456-2020, or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 1-800-222-TIPS. The following is a list of unsolved homicides in Kokomo and Howard County in the last 33 years: • Feb. 7, 2013 -- Destiny Pittman, 21, found shot to death in her home at 815 James Drive. • April 13, 2012 -- Hassan Burnett, 18, found shot to death at 300 East and 100 North. • June 12, 2012 -- Timothy Scott, 33, of Stone Mountain, Ga., was found shot tin the torso and head in the front yard of a home he was visiting in the 900 block of East Broadway Street. • Nov. 15, 2006 -- Chad Rouse, 20, was shot in the back in his upstairs apartment at 1426 S. Armstrong St. There was an eyewitness to the shooting and police believe robbery was the motive. • Feb. 8, 2005 -- Teresa Cooper, 48, was stabbed and beaten to death in her home at 1117 W. North St. • Feb. 19, 2005 -- Amy Parrish, 25, her sons, Dacota Rasmussen, 4, and Caleb Parrish, 2, and stepson, Casey Parrish, 11, all died of smoke inhalation at 811 S. Bell St. The deaths were considered homicides since the fire department ruled the fire was intentionally set. • Nov. 26, 2004 -- Janet Yeary, 51, was found beaten to death in her home at 2411 Apperson Way North. • July 12, 2004 -- Bob Roe, 62, was found beaten to death in his home in Center, three miles south of Kokomo. • Oct. 2, 1998 -- Bruce Jackson, 23, Indianapolis, was shot and then found by a Kokomo police officer on East Monroe Street. He later died at Howard Regional Health System. • March 15, 1998 -- Jeffrey L. Williams, 51, was shot and killed in his trailer at Riley Modern Estates. • Feb. 8, 1997 -- Lionel Hampton, 30, Chicago, gunned down by two men in the parking lot of Elks Club on East Havens Street. • Dec. 2, 1981 -- The badly decomposed body of Dennis Newsome Jr., 26, Kokomo, was found Thanksgiving Day in Tipton County. His burnt pickup truck was found near Morgan Street and County Road 250 East in Howard County. State police are investigating. • May 26, 1980 -- Janet Rose Shirar, 29, a Bon Air Elementary School teacher was found stabbed to death in her apartment southeast of Kokomo. Indiana State Police case.

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