New website hopes to collect information on MPD cold cases

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — New hope and help for families of murder victims waiting for justice. CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County just launched a website in January to collect new information and clues about the hundreds of murder cases gone cold.

The site profiles unsolved murders selected by Memphis Police. The website is memphiscoldcases.org.

The organization hopes the public will visit the website and offer new information to solve a crime like Richard Jordan’s.

The 10-year-old boy was murdered when he was a passenger in a car with his family when someone drove by and fired at them in 2017. Jordan’s mother will never forget November 13, 2017.

“He got hit, and he was trying to call my name. And I said get down, and he was trying to say ‘ma,’ and it was his last breath,” Rosalind Shields told FOX 13 when Memphis held a March Against Violence in November 2020.

Nearly four years later, and no one has been caught. Jordan’s case is one of at least 300 cold cases homicides police need to solve.

“One of the mantras we have at crime stoppers is somebody knows something about every case,” said David Wayne Brown, spokesman for CrimeStoppers of Memphis and Shelby County.

The new website deals specifically with cold cases and has a tab for tips to be sent by phone, text, or email.

According to one retired Memphis Police homicide investigator, MPD has at least 300 homicide cold cases.

“If we can help solve one Greg, that will be terrific for the families involved,” said Walker.

Rosalind Shields hopes this new website will heal her heartache.

Shields told FOX 13 this past November, “I know someone knows something. Anything. You can be anonymous. You don’t have to say your name. We just want to know answers.”

The cold case website is needed. A spokesperson for Memphis Police told FOX13 the department doesn’t have a full-time detective working the cold case unit. MPD has two part-time investigators who work about 35 hours a week and two reserve investigators who work three days a month. Other detectives from other bureaus can help when asked.