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Wisconsin AG candidates all promise to keep up cold case investigations

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - All four candidates for Wisconsin attorney general promise to keep the pressure on to resolve long-running cold case murders.  

Republican Brad Schimel and Democrats Susan Happ, Jon Richards, and Ismael Ozanne all had good words for the outgoing J.B. Van Hollen's pursuit of lingering investigations.  

However, Gannett Wisconsin Media says federal cold case funds have dried up -- and the state no longer has a task force that exclusively works on those cases.

Still, Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck says the 95 state criminal agents contribute to local cold case police probes.

Happ, the Jefferson County district attorney, says funding is key.

Gannett said the last major federal cold case funding was in 2010, when Wisconsin got over a half-million dollars. Over the next year, 72 cold cases were re-opened.  

Richards, a Milwaukee Assembly Democrat, said he would urge lawmakers to spend more for investigations and related technology upgrades.

Ozanne, the Dane County DA, said the Legislature needs to approve more funding in this area.

Schimel, the Waukesha DA and the only Republican in the race, says the Justice Department has been effective by giving help to local police.

The state homicide investigators group says it expects the new attorney general -- whoever it is -- to build on the progress made by Van Hollen.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)