VIDEO: 12-year-old homicide cold case leads police to Port of Oakland


OAKLAND (KRON) — A cold case homicide led Oakland police to the Port of Oakland, and the FBI was on the scene as well.

On Thursday, there was a lot of heavy equipment being used to dig up potential evidence in this case.

You typically don’t see a tractor front-end loader inside an Oakland police crime scene, but that was the case Thursday on Seventh Street near the Port of Oakland.

“We are currently investigating a homicide case that occurred in 2004,” Officer Johnna Watson said.

Police told KRON4 what they were looking for.

“We are looking for evidence that may lead us to that next step in closing this investigation and bringing closure to the family and to our community,” Watson said.

And there is another unusual site. The FBI is lending a hand with the investigation.

“The FBI is here supporting the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the Oakland Police Department with our evidence response team,” FBI investigator Prentice Danner said. “It’s not uncommon for the FBI to work with our local and state law enforcement sources.”

Neither Oakland police nor the FBI will say what type of evidence they are looking for.

Sources confirm to KRON4 that the investigation is connected to a 12-year-old Oakland missing person case.

“We never stop,” Watson said. “We never close the case, it always remains open, and we always are hopeful that we can go to that next investigative lead and that is what we are doing here.”

And they have been at the scene since 9 a.m.

“We will be here until we’re finished,” Danner said.

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