Toledo homicide rate down, but fewer solved

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The city of Toledo saw fewer homicides in 2013 than in the two previous years — but many of them remain unsolved.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/KkDbE7 ) reports that city police handled 31 slayings last year, compared with 37 in 2012 and 36 in 2011.

However, 14 of the 2013 slayings were unsolved as the past year came to an end.

Some investigations, according to The Blade, have produced what authorities describe as "persons of interest." In others there is little more than a body that has since been buried and evidence that was collected at the scene.

The department's clearance rate for homicides last year is considerably lower than years past, when the solve rate was above 80 percent.

Officials said every slaying is different, and there are no trends.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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