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NCIS helping Brunswick Co. authorities crack cold murder case

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SUPPLY, N.C. -- The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is in Brunswick County this week to help authorities crack cold cases. This elite law enforcement organization is instructing a three-day seminar on investigating unsolved homicides.

The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is looking to them for helping in solving the 25-year-old murder of Jaye Potter Mintz. In February 1987, Mintz was found brutally murdered in her Leland home.

"There's a specific set of protocols and there is a sequencing of events to be taken in a cold case homicide," said Mark Clookie, director of NCIS.

The NCIS developed the cold case homicide unit in 1995. Since then, they have solved 62 cases some of which were 35 years old.

While the NCIS only works on cases connected to the Navy, they share their expertise with law enforcement agencies all across the country through training seminars.

"Criminals know no boundaries, they know no jurisdictions, so that's all the more reason that we need to work together with our counterpart agencies at the local, state, and federal level," said Clookie.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said what they learn could help them develop new leads in old cases.

"We never give up on them, we are always looking for new ways or new information to follow up on, certainly this is one thing we can add to our bag of tricks," said Sheriff Ingram.

Around 50 people representing all levels of law enforcement from North and South Carolina are in training this week.

In trying to crack the Mintz case, Sheriff Ingram said they have worked with retired officers and the SBI.

He said it's good to have everyone on the same page.

"We hope that our people will be able to take these resources back and implement them," said Ingram. "As well as have a better understanding of what other officers or other agencies are in need of during an investigation."

The last NCIS seminar held on the coast was around four years ago in Jacksonville.

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