Law enforcement agencies said they are still investigating the Zodiac Killer case as an independent group of cold-case investigators came forward on Wednesday and claimed they had mystery solved Who were behind the decades-old serial murders.
According to a press release, Case Breakers, a team of 40 former law enforcement investigators, said they used new physical and forensic evidence and eyewitness information to identify the person they believe is The zodiac is the killer.
Case breakers said the group also filed court affidavits and obtained decades of photographs from the man’s former darkroom. He named the person in the release, saying he believed he passed away in 2018.
CNN’s efforts to reach family members of the nominee have been unsuccessful.
The Zodiac killer is believed to be responsible for at least five murders in Northern California from 1968 to 1969.
In response to the new claims, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) confirmed to CNN that it is still an open investigation.
“We are unable to speak to potential suspects as this is still an open investigation,” the SFPD said in a statement.
The FBI, which is supporting local law enforcement in the investigation, also did not accept the claims.
“The Zodiac Killer case is open. We currently have no new information to share,” the FBI said in a statement to CNN.
The case breakers also said in the release that the man was responsible for the 1966 murder of Cheri Joe Bates in Riverside County, California.
While the Riverside Police Department could not comment on the person identified by the case breakers, RPD Public Information Officer Ryan Relsbach said the Zodiac killer is certainly not the person responsible for Bates’ death.
Relsbach said the only link to Bates’ murder was a handwritten letter received in the same mail with Zodiac’s killer, claiming responsibility.
The Zodiac killer, who was never caught, gained notoriety by 1974 by writing letters to police and local media claiming the murders.
Claiming to have killed 37 people, he also wrote some letters to the code and included bloody pieces of clothing to use as evidence of the acts.