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Franklin Police Seek Help Of Exclusive Crime-Solving Society

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by Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A Franklin Police detective presented the facts of a 1991 unsolved murder to members of the exclusive Vidocq Society.

The group met last week in Philadelphia and heard about Franklin's only cold case, the 1991 murder of Peggy Cox.

The woman was killed on her 49th birthday, while working the drive through at the Hardee's on Highway 96 in Franklin.

"They never really developed truly why this happened," explained detective Darren Barnes, who presented evidence from the Cox case to members of the society.

"And as soon as I finished the presentation, pretty much every hand in the room went up, with either a question, or a statement," Barnes said.

The detective will take feedback from society members and use it to look differently at the evidence in the case. A new perspective that could lead to new insight as to who killed Cox.

"Basically, in a term, start over," said Barnes.

He took over the Cox case two years ago, without any luck in finding a killer.

"This is our only cold case. It's been over 20 years and we really think this is our best chance to crack it," said Franklin Police Chief David Rahinsky.

The Chief is from Philadelphia and used his connections to get the Vidocq Society to work on this cold case. Members only review eight cases a year.

"For an agency our size, from Tennessee, to get an opportunity to present in front of that group. It was an unique opportunity. An honor," Rahinsky explained.

The Vidocq Society is made up of 82 members that represent 70 specialties. Those members are from 17 states and from 11 other countries.


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