For Immediate Release
June 27, 2011
The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute adds Private LaVena Lynn Johnson to its list of high profile cases
PHILADELPHIA - On Tuesday, July 19, the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI) at CHI Institute will continue its investigation into the death of 19-year-old Private LaVena Johnson by recreating the crime scene. Johnson died in July 2005 while serving in Balad, Iraq. Army officials listed Johnson’s death as a suicide, but the evidence and circumstances have investigators taking another look at the case.
The CCIRI has taken on high profile cases such as Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, Tupac Shakur and The Boston Strangler. Each year the CCIRI investigates a new cold case and this year has chosen Johnson’s case. The CCIRI's crime scene reconstruction will help shed light on this case that has attracted worldwide attention. The case was also the inspiration for the documentary, "LaVena Johnson - The Silent Truth."
The CCIRI was developed to provide criminal justice students with hands-on experience through cold case investigations. Students from CHI Institute, Bauder College, Auburn University, Faulkner University, Griffin Technology College and the Metropolitan State College perform historical research and analyze information available through public record and media stories. They also gain insight from various criminal justice experts, former authorities who worked the case and the insight from the victim’s family. Any theories, conclusions, people of interest or linkages are passed on to the relevant authorities at the end of the year when the students conclude their research on the case.
The event will take place at the CHI Institute-Franklin Mills campus, 177 Franklin Mills Blvd., Philadelphia, at 4pm and feature guest speaker Dr. John Johnson, LaVena’s father.
For more information, please contact Andrea Roebker at 312.385.1421 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Donna J Head at 314-640-8281 or email@example.com
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