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Cold Cases

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Cold Cases
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Cold Cases

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Longtime WDWS news director Carol Vorel chats with detectives working high-profile, unsolved crimes in the hopes of producing new leads.

Latest Episodes

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2003 murder of Helen Melchi

Helen Melchi was a loving mother and community do-gooder who was murdered in her Champaign home in 2003. Even though two suspects were charged in the case, those charges were eventually dropped. Today, the family and authorities continue to…

18 MINNOV 11
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Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2003 murder of Helen Melchi

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1986 disappearance of Kimberly Ann Thompson

It’s been 33 years since Kimberly Ann Thompson disappeared from Champaign without a trace. 'If we found out that she was alive that would be fantastic,' her sister, Debra, tells Carol Vorel in Episode 14 of her award-winning podcast,…

15 MINSEP 15
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Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1986 disappearance of Kimberly Ann Thompson

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2017 murder of Deonta Rozier

21-year-old Deonta Rozier was shot in the chest and died in a soggy field north of Urbana in January 2017. In Carol Vorel's 13th "Cold Cases" project, the veteran newswoman talks with family and detectives about the case. 'He…

22 MINJUL 28
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Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2017 murder of Deonta Rozier

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1974 murder of Classie May Ragland

Classie May Ragland, a young mother with an easygoing personality, was stabbed to death at her Urbana home. Nearly 45 years later, law enforcement still is chasing leads. 'People talk. Somebody told somebody something. And my guess is that the…

22 MINJUN 24
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Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1974 murder of Classie May Ragland

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2006 murder of Emanuel Boyd Jr.

It's been more than 13 years since the body of Emanuel Boyd Jr. was found in his home on Champaign’s north side. The 66-year-old man, police said, was killed by a blow to the head. 'I just have one question…

16 MINMAY 19
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Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2006 murder of Emanuel Boyd Jr.

PODCAST: Carol Vorel News-Gazette Cold Case. 05-17-19

05-17-19 Brian Barnhart with Carol Vorel to preciew her Cold Case that Runs Sunday.

3 MINMAY 18
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PODCAST: Carol Vorel News-Gazette Cold Case. 05-17-19

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1985 murder of Robert Vaughn Wagner

It's known as the Burning Body case, a grisly murder of a young man from Sidney whose body was discovered smoldering on the side of the rural Champaign County road. Three-plus decades later, investigators remain stumped about who killed Robert…

17 MINAPR 7
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Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1985 murder of Robert Vaughn Wagner

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1976 murder of Jane Seneca Doe

Her body was found in a grassy patch just off U.S. 6 near Seneca in Grundy County in 1976. Unable to identify her, authorities gave her the name Jane Seneca Doe. More than 40 years later, little has changed. The…

20 MINMAR 2
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Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1976 murder of Jane Seneca Doe

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2008 murder of Paris Thompson

Just three days after his 35th birthday, Paris Thompson was gunned down inside his Urbana apartment. Police have a sketch of a suspect - and an idea why Thompson was murdered - but remained stumped 11 years later. Meanwhile, his…

20 MINJAN 27
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Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2008 murder of Paris Thompson

R-14 Best Use of Non-Broadcast Media: cold case series

This entry consists of snippets of several reports in Carol Vorel's cold case series, a group of special reports that focus on unsolved crimes in East Central Illinois. Each report includes comments from the detective on the case, family of…

2 MINJAN 17
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R-14 Best Use of Non-Broadcast Media: cold case series
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Latest Episodes

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2003 murder of Helen Melchi

Helen Melchi was a loving mother and community do-gooder who was murdered in her Champaign home in 2003. Even though two suspects were charged in the case, those charges were eventually dropped. Today, the family and authorities continue to…

18 MINNOV 11
Comments
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2003 murder of Helen Melchi

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1986 disappearance of Kimberly Ann Thompson

It’s been 33 years since Kimberly Ann Thompson disappeared from Champaign without a trace. 'If we found out that she was alive that would be fantastic,' her sister, Debra, tells Carol Vorel in Episode 14 of her award-winning podcast,…

15 MINSEP 15
Comments
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1986 disappearance of Kimberly Ann Thompson

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2017 murder of Deonta Rozier

21-year-old Deonta Rozier was shot in the chest and died in a soggy field north of Urbana in January 2017. In Carol Vorel's 13th "Cold Cases" project, the veteran newswoman talks with family and detectives about the case. 'He…

22 MINJUL 28
Comments
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2017 murder of Deonta Rozier

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1974 murder of Classie May Ragland

Classie May Ragland, a young mother with an easygoing personality, was stabbed to death at her Urbana home. Nearly 45 years later, law enforcement still is chasing leads. 'People talk. Somebody told somebody something. And my guess is that the…

22 MINJUN 24
Comments
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1974 murder of Classie May Ragland

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2006 murder of Emanuel Boyd Jr.

It's been more than 13 years since the body of Emanuel Boyd Jr. was found in his home on Champaign’s north side. The 66-year-old man, police said, was killed by a blow to the head. 'I just have one question…

16 MINMAY 19
Comments
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2006 murder of Emanuel Boyd Jr.

PODCAST: Carol Vorel News-Gazette Cold Case. 05-17-19

05-17-19 Brian Barnhart with Carol Vorel to preciew her Cold Case that Runs Sunday.

3 MINMAY 18
Comments
PODCAST: Carol Vorel News-Gazette Cold Case. 05-17-19

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1985 murder of Robert Vaughn Wagner

It's known as the Burning Body case, a grisly murder of a young man from Sidney whose body was discovered smoldering on the side of the rural Champaign County road. Three-plus decades later, investigators remain stumped about who killed Robert…

17 MINAPR 7
Comments
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1985 murder of Robert Vaughn Wagner

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1976 murder of Jane Seneca Doe

Her body was found in a grassy patch just off U.S. 6 near Seneca in Grundy County in 1976. Unable to identify her, authorities gave her the name Jane Seneca Doe. More than 40 years later, little has changed. The…

20 MINMAR 2
Comments
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 1976 murder of Jane Seneca Doe

Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2008 murder of Paris Thompson

Just three days after his 35th birthday, Paris Thompson was gunned down inside his Urbana apartment. Police have a sketch of a suspect - and an idea why Thompson was murdered - but remained stumped 11 years later. Meanwhile, his…

20 MINJAN 27
Comments
Cold Case with Carol Vorel: 2008 murder of Paris Thompson

R-14 Best Use of Non-Broadcast Media: cold case series

This entry consists of snippets of several reports in Carol Vorel's cold case series, a group of special reports that focus on unsolved crimes in East Central Illinois. Each report includes comments from the detective on the case, family of…

2 MINJAN 17
Comments
R-14 Best Use of Non-Broadcast Media: cold case series
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