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COLUMBUS -- More than 1,640 cold case homicides have been added to the Ohio Unsolved Homicides Database since efforts to expand the program were announced last year. That includes the unsolved 1994 murder of Kathryn Menendez, whose body was found in Deerfield.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine asked law enforcement agencies to submit cold case information to the online database in September 2012. At the time, there were only 166 unsolved homicide cases on the site.
Today there are 1,808 cases in the database.
Menendez, whose unclothed body was found on an oil well road off Fewtown Road in Deerfield, was strangled, stabbed, and bludgeoned to death.
Menendez's clothing has never been found.
According to information submitted to the database from the Alliance Police Department, the victim was reported as a runaway on Aug. 20, 1994, five days before her body was found. Authorities believe she was murdered 24 to 48 hours before she was discovered.
Investigators also believe Menendez may have been killed in Alliance, and her body moved to the location where it was found.
Anyone with information on the case should contact that Alliance Police Department at 330-821-9140.
"Since launching the database expansion, we have received dozens of tips regarding several of the listed cases," DeWine said. "We want to keep reminding Ohioans that it is never too late to come forward with information. Even information that might seem insignificant could be the detail that breaks a case."
Those with information on this or any other unsolved homicide can contact BCI at 855-BCI-OHIO. Tips can also be submitted online through the Ohio Attorney General's website.
The goal of the initiative is to bring widespread visibility to unsolved cases, increase the possibility for tips, and help jurisdictions compare details of unsolved crimes.
DeWine also routinely features cases from the database on the homepage of the Attorney General's website in an effort to bring that case increased visibility.