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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- More than 60 unsolved murders, some dating back as far as 1985, will be looked over by the Salt Lake City police department's new cold case squad.
Its first priority will be to review the case files of Tiffany Hambleton and Christine Gallegos, who were killed in 1986.
Police Chief Rick Dinse (DIN-zee) spoke to the victims' family members yesterday.
Hambleton and Gallegos died of stab and gunshot wounds. At the time, some within the police department said evidence linked their deaths to the Salt Lake slaying of Lisa Strong and the Layton killing of Carla Maxwell because of similarities in the knife wounds and firearms ballistics.
Private investigator Clive Peterson, who was hired by relatives to conduct an investigation into the slayings, said police denied him access to information.
Dinse promised to set up a meeting between the families and the newly assigned detectives as soon as possible. He also agreed to allow detectives to release to the families some information from the case files.
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