San Francisco PD uses “advanced investigative methods” to make an arrest in 1978 homicide

A 76-year-old man was arrested in suburban Denver on Thursday following a joint operation by San Francisco police, the FBI and the Jefferson County (CO) Sheriff’s office, authorities announced Sunday. He was booked for investigation of homicide in connection with the 1978 death of 15-year-old Marissa Harvey. He may be a suspect in other unsolved homicides.

A joint, cooperative investigation between jurisdictions and agencies solves a 43-year-old homicide and perhaps other cold cases. Why can’t the Michigan State Police, Oakland County and the Detroit office of the FBI work together to bring answers in the OCCK case? Why the reluctance to use “advanced investigative methods”? Or any methods at all??

Is it time to privatize?


Especially in the atypical cold case where public officials and state police are obstructing justice. The OCCK cold case status is not just dusty files and lack of funds. The corruption in this case locked it down for all time in 1977. Honest cops can’t even break through. There should be legislation mandating when a “cold case” can no longer be considered “open” such that agencies get to hide whatever files and evidence they have not already destroyed or tampered with.