LIMA ‚?? The bulk of the area‚??s cold case homicides in a state database involve black men in their 30s, according to an analysis of demographic data by The Lima News. Most of them were shot.
The average age of a homicide victim in the database was 37 years old, with 77 percent of them black and 86 percent shot to death, according to the database. Each one was a man.
There have been 22 cold cases from Allen and Auglaize counties entered into the Ohio Attorney General‚??s database since it began in September. The database, voluntarily used by law enforcement agencies, has 1,474 cases in it. It‚??s already helped solve 20 cases, according to the attorney general‚??s website.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine highlighted one of those unsolved cases this week, the July 2, 2001, shooting of Cardell Beachum, 69, outside Sportz and Sorts pool hall on Lima‚??s St. John‚??s Avenue.
Someone shot Beachum, who was black, once in the upper torso in what Lima Police Department detectives said was an attempted robbery.
‚??Our investigators interviewed numerous people in connection with this case, but no witnesses ever came forward,‚?Ě Lima Police Detective Sean Neidemire said. ‚??We do believe that someone saw this crime, and we hope that they are now willing to speak up and help close this case.‚?Ě
Anyone with information on the homicides in Lima should contact the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444. You can also call the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation at 855-224-6446 or submit a tip online at ohioattorneygeneral.gov.
Beachum is older than most victims listed. Thirty-six percent were in their 30s, and 23 percent were in their 20s.
Still, his case is fairly typical of the area‚??s crimes in the database in another way: It remained unsolved since last decade. Of the crimes listed online, 59 percent happened in the 2000s.
‚??It can sometimes be frightening for a witness to come forward and report seeing such a violent crime, but we urge those with information on any crime to do the right thing and call police,‚?Ě DeWine said.
Most of the area cases listed online are from the Lima Police Department, with the Auglaize County Sheriff‚??s Office and Shawnee Township Police Department each having one case listed. There were no cases online from Putnam County or the Allen County Sheriff‚??s Office.
There were 19 shootings listed, with the other three deaths attributed to beatings.
The coldest of the cold cases involved Roger Parent, of St. Marys. On Dec. 29, 1978, someone shot and killed Parent during a robbery at P&S Carry Out, St. Marys. Anyone with information on that case should call the Auglaize County Sheriff‚??s Office at 419-739-6555.
The newest case added to the list was the May 20, 2012, death of Isiah Smith, shot and killed after an altercation with several people in Lima.