Community leaders form ‘Vegas Justice League’ to help police solve cold cases
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Community leaders have come together to form the Vegas Justice League, a group that offers support, funding and scientific resources to help the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department solve previously “unsolvable” crimes.
Justin Woo, the founder of the non-profit Vegas Helps, created the group.
Craig Tann, owner of Huntington & Ellis real estate agency, Lydia Ansel, a DJ and electric violinist and Greg Woods, the president of Cirrus Aviation have joined the team.
Each member provides a monetary contribution, which funds for cold cases selected by LVMPD investigators. Each case costs around $5,000.
The Vegas Justice League partners with Othram Inc, a forensic sequencing laboratory, to offer the latest advancements in DNA testing.
The group is involved in several cold cases and helped police solve the 32-year-old murder of Stephanie Isaacson and the 42-year-old murder of Kim Bryant.
“With the success of solving Stephanie Isaacson’s cold case and seeing the closure it brought to her family, I wanted to give other families that opportunity, and the idea of the Vegas Justice League formed from there,” Woo said. “It’s an honor to come together with a few great Vegas leaders to be able to support Las Vegas Metro Police and Othram helping families affected by unsolved crimes. It is my sincere hope that others in the community will join me and contribute to the Vegas Justice League’s cause.”
Woo heard of the Texas Lab and decided it was an unique way he could give back to the Las Vegas community.
“We’re glad to bring them some closure in their life,” Woo said.
Woo’s goal is to gather enough funds to one day clear the backlog of cold cases at LVMPD and other departments in Southern Nevada.
“We may try to package up what we did here and take it to other markets and kind of do the same thing around the country,” Woo said.
The team of four has donated funds for seven more cold cases.
“The hope of the future is what if we wiped out all available cases? How incredible would that be?” Ansel said.
The Vegas Justice League will take donations as small as just a few dollars to help fund more cases.
If you’re interested in being part of the league or want to make a monetary donation that directly funds solving local cold cases, visit vegasjusticeleague.com.
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