Cold Case Foundation Conference Held at UVU


The Cold Case Foundation along with the UVU Criminal Justice Department and Police Academy will host the 2019 Cold Case Foundation Conference at UVU on July 10-11 in the Science Building (SB), room SB134. 

The two-day conference — designed with public safety and criminal justice professionals in mind — will focus on the topic of how not to be a victim of crime. Additionally, the conference will feature networking opportunities and focus on case reviews, new technology, and efficient practices.

Additionally, UVU is hosting, in conjunction with the conference, the Cold Case Shakedown, on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. in SB 134. Joshua Holt will be featured as the keynote speaker who, with his wife, Thamy, were held captive in Venezuela for two years before being released. During that time, Josh and Thamy were subjected to injustice and suffering while awaiting trial. Since his return to U.S. soil, Josh has been sharing his story with various audiences, teaching others how to face their own challenges.

The Cold Case Foundation is committed to raising public awareness and providing resources to families affected by violent crime and cold cases. The organization focuses on supporting law enforcement agencies to successfully close cold cases.

“Anyone who is trying to acquire current and state-of-the-art approaches to investigating cold and current cases should attend this conference,” said Greg Cooper, executive director of the Cold Case Foundation. “We’ll be addressing new technology and approaches to solving cases. The point of emphasis for the conference is on lessons learned.”

Greg Cooper will be presenting on the filters of profiling and the Ben Rhodes case at the conference. Additionally, Bonnie Wilder-Estes, an adjunct professor at UVU, will talk about palm prints. Several other criminal justice professionals will present on a wide array of topics including the ANDE rapid DNA ID system, victim resources, and various case reviews.

 The conference is $79 per day, or $99 for both days. Event registration can be found at Utah Valley University Tickets. 

The Cold Case Shakedown is open to the public and costs $20. Event information can be found at Utah Valley University Tickets.