In Mobile, 36 families have no idea who killed their loved one, and that’s just from the past 5 years. Since 2010, 36 murders have gone unsolved in the city.
“I know for a lot of those cases, we have prime suspects of interest that we are looking at that we just don’t have enough probable cause to make the arrest,” says Sgt. John Angle with the Mobile Police Department.
Sgt. Angle says witness testimony is the main reason some murders are harder to solve than others. Some are afraid of retaliation if they get involved. Others says they don’t want to be bothered by the inconvenience of going through the legal process. Because of that, there’s a big possibility that dozens of murderers are still roaming about Mobile.
“It very well may be an accurate statement, however, there are situations where we believe the suspect involved may have been a victim of a crime themselves, and may not be with us now, or they may be incarcerated for other crimes they committed,” says Sgt. Angle.
That’s frustrating for people like Jason O’Brien. His brother Joey was killed two years ago in downtown Mobile.
“I know the police does the best that they can do with the resources they have. But, it’s not enough,” says O’Brien.
He says he is in constant contact with police, but knows even if there was a significant update to his brother’s case, it may be a while before he ever finds out and gets some kind of relief.
“They’re limited in what information that they can give in a homicide that hasn’t been closed. That’s hard to accept.”
Sgt. Angle says even if it may seem like it, no case is ever forgotten.
“We owe it to the families of the 36 victims to try to help bring closure to them, to help put an end to that chapter, to help with the healing process,” says Sgt. Angle.
Meanwhile, the family of Joey O’Brien continues to offer a reward. They are offering $5,000 for anyone who has information that leads to an arrest of the person or people who killed him.