Unsolved Crime Investigation Program
Unsolved homicides or “cold cases” have long been a priority for many law enforcement agencies across the state. As a case gets older, these cases can be the most difficult to solve. There is no statute of limitations for murder, and a legal and moral duty exists to pursue these types of investigations. In 2001, the Texas legislature directed the Texas Rangers to establish the Unsolved Crime Investigation Program (UCIP). The program’s primary objective is to provide Texas law enforcement agencies with assistance in investigating unsolved murders or what appear to be serial or linked criminal transactions. The investigation of serial sex offenders is included in this program.
The Texas Rangers are organized into six (6) Ranger companies. One Ranger in each company is dedicated to the UCIP initiative, to concentrate efforts solely on cold cases. The Unsolved Crime Investigation Program Supervisor is stationed in Waco at Company "F" Headquarters to supervise and direct the program.
A suspect's body being exhumed for DNA comparison.
The Texas Rangers maintain a website that summarizes many unsolved homicides under investigation. A $3000 reward is attached to any case highlighted on the website.
Personnel assigned to UCIP maintain a close partnership with the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) administered by DPS and the Texas Rangers. The SAKI Program is summarized on this website and details how modern science has teamed with law enforcement and Rangers to bring several otherwise unsolved sex offenders and murderers to justice.
Since 2015, James Scoggins, a former Texas Ranger, has served as the Program Supervisor. Rangers assigned to the UCIP program include:
The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crime Investigation Program has solved over 130 cases, bringing justice and answers to families and victims.