LIMA — Craig Simpson. Jon Bryant. Marcus Whirl. Cardell Beachum.
Names from the past that are unsolved homicides at the Lima Police Department.
But they are much more than names on a file. These are just a few of the names behind which are family members still coping with their loses even more than a decade later, in some cases.
Lima’s 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn said Monday he hears from some of the relatives of the victims from time to time tell him nothing is being done to find their loved one’s killer.
Glenn is offering $500 of his own money on top of $1,000 offered by the owners of the Vine Street Mini Market to lead to the arrest, conviction and sentencing to prison of any killer in any case.
He is asking for donations to the unsolved murder fund and wants to hit at least $5,000.
“I think if the money goes up higher you’ll get more information,” Glenn said.
Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin said sometimes a big reward can help solve a case. He said usually someone has a piece of information that is key to solving the case.
“Oftentimes the trick is to get the person or people who have the information to come forward,” he said.
Martin also urged people who have any information, even if they think it’s irrelevant, to come forward and talk to police.
Glenn said something needs to be done.
“We haven’t solved one of these murders yet. There’s a lot of sleepless nights for some of these [victims’ relatives] saying what’s going on,” he said.
Glenn also wants police to re-examine the cases and get in touch with the families advising them where the investigation stands, he said.
Martin said while that sounds like something logical it doesn’t always go over well with the victim’s family.
“It can be a way of causing further grief to the family with nothing new to offer,” he said.
Glenn said he also plans to call Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to ask for assistance, similar to that which the state’s top crime fighter offered in Mercer County leading to the arrests of two men in a Fort Recovery double homicide.
In some cases people talk about rumors with names of who may have killed someone or what happened, Glenn said.
“There are people who know who did this,” he said.
Martin again said it takes someone with information to come forward to solve a case.
Glenn urged Lima detectives to re-examine each case looking for any piece of evidence that may help solve the crime.
“We need detectives to step up, too,” he said.
Martin said detectives do work cases hard and follow every last lead but sometimes the leads dry up.
“Anytime there is a homicide the case does not get closed. It will stay open,” he said.