Nonprofit to Investigate Cold Cases Opens in Huntington

A nonprofit organization devoted to resolving cold cases through private investigative work officially opened for business Friday in Huntington.

The National Institute for Law and Justice, founded by retired NYPD detective Mark Pucci and entrepreneur/author, Kiersten Hathcock will help families of those seeking to find missing relatives or find answers to how they died.

After he retired from the force in 2001, Pucci went into private investigative work, then worked with fellow former NYPD detective “Bo” Dietl, before returning to working on his own.

He said the foundation will focus on assisting families who can’t afford the pricetag attached to private investigations, which can run as high as $30,000.

“Many families couldn’t possibly hope to afford professional private investigators,” Pucci said, with costs such as DNA tests, collect evidence, assess reports and other work.

At a ribbon cutting and fundraiser Friday at Six Harbors Brewing Company, the organization announced that it had received $300,000 from an anonymous donor.

Pucci said a particular focus of the organization will be the large number of  missing or murdered indigenous people,which has been referred to as  “an epidemic” in some of the western states and parts of Canada.

Other investigators for the organization are Wiliam Simon, a retired NYPD detective assigned to the cold cases squad, and Hal Sherman, also a retired first-grade NYPD detective.

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