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Oconee County Pushing To Solve Cold Cases

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The Oconee County Sheriff's office for the first time will be establishing a cold case unit. It will be made up of retired law enforcement to give fresh eyes to nearly a dozen unsolved crimes.

Old photos remind Bert and Shirley Carver of happier days.

Photos that capture the smile of their daughter Sheila Carver, something they haven't seen in more than a decade.

"Just to hear her laugh was a pleasure," Bert Carver said.  

Sheila Carver went missing almost 15 years ago, her parents still have no answers.

"Not knowing is the worst part," Shirley Carver said.  

Deputies tell us Carver was last seen June 1998, walking down Goddard Avenue towards B and B mobile home park in Seneca. 

"We done come to terms with the fact that she's most likely deceased but she needs to be found. Her remains and have a decent burial," Bert Carver said.

The Oconee County Sheriff's office is trying to shine light on its cold cases and reach out to you for help.

By featuring a case every few weeks deputies hope to find the clues that crack these cases.

The sheriff's office will also add a cold case unit dedicated solely to unsolved homicides and missing person cases.

"Sometimes having fresh eyes and a fresh perspective on things can maybe shed some new light on these cases," Jimmy Watt of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office said.

Bert Carver hopes an anonymous $10,000 reward will convince someone to come forward.

"I just want to appeal to anyone out there that knows anything to come forward and try to help us find her," Carver said.

Bert has dreams his daughter is off somewhere doing what she loves.

"She might be out fishing somewhere," Bert Carver said.

But in his heart he knows she's gone, and just hopes Sheila knows he will never stop fighting for answers.

Right now the Sheriff's office is working on about 8 different cold cases and it plans to feature one every few weeks.

The sheriffs office says the next case to be featured is 26 years old.

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