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Decks of playing cards feature Wis. cold cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Justice Department has created decks of playing cards representing more than 100 unsolved homicide and missing-persons cases across Wisconsin.

A Press-Gazette Media report says officials distributed the decks in jails and prisons, hoping the cases would spark some leads. But in two years not a single arrest has resulted.

DOJ officials say they're trying to come up with more ideas to help move cold cases forward.

At least 10 states have tried the playing-card idea. In some, such as Florida and South Carolina, the decks have helped detectives solve multiple homicides.

Relatives of Wisconsin homicide victims are hoping the state DOJ continues with the plan, which was funded with $10,500 in private donations and public money. They say it's worked elsewhere, and it can work in Wisconsin too.

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