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Task Force Formed to Solve 10-year Coquille Cold Case

January 25, 2010

By Lindsey Doi

COQUILLE, Ore. — The formation of a task force in Coquille has renewed hope for solving a 10-year-old cold case.

On Monday, investigators announced its renewed focus in the murder investigation of 15-year-old Leah Freeman.

Freeman disappeared on her way home from a friend’s house on June 28th, 2000. Her body would be discovered five weeks later, dumped in the woods. Since then, the case has gone cold, with few answers about what happened. However, detectives announced that more than 20 investigators are dedicated to re-examining Freeman’s death in its entirety.

The Coquille Police Chief says they’ve spent hundreds of hours following up on both old and new leads over the past 15 months, giving hope to the Freeman family that justice will be served.

“To say I’m excited doesn’t even come close. I am revitalized,” said Leah’s mother Cory Courtright.

“We are optimistic based on what we found so far and with the work that’s being done that we can bring this case to a resolution,” said Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.

Investigators say they’re starting back at square one as if Freeman’s murder happened yesterday. While it’s been nearly a decade since she disappeared, detectives say advances in technology are helping uncover clues that were missed the first time around.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction. If you have a tip, call the Coquille Police Department. They’re manning the phones around the clock to ensure all tips go directly to officers.

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