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Cold cases in Dubuque could be closed with new funding effort

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - A number of cases in Dubuque have gone cold, leaving many families without the answers they so desperately crave.

But a partnership between the Social Justice Committee of St. Raphael Cathedral and St. Patrick Church and the Dubuque/Jo Daviess County Crime Stoppers is looking to bring closure to so many of those cases.

They announced Tuesday morning they're undertaking an effort to raise $10,000 in reward money aimed at helping solve those cases.

"We're very close," said Lt. Scott Baxter with the Dubuque Police. "In fact, on a couple of these major cases, we're so close that it's incredibly frustrating for us. Like I said before, the amount of time and effort we've put in for the families and for the victims, we're very close. What's even more frustrating is people have the vital information we need to bring closure on these cases, and they're not coming forward."

That closure is something the family of Crystal Arensdorf has been waiting nearly 14 years for.

She went missing from Knicker's Bar in 2001. 

"It's horrible," said Jennifer Puetsch, Crystal's sister. "It's never-ending. It still seems like the same day it happened, because we still have no more answers, no more clues."

"It's unfortunate that we have to throw money at it to make people come forward," Baxter said. "But we've exhausted all of our other options and we're so close, we just want to close these cases."

And for Aresndorf's family, they hope it will provide them with much-needed answers.

"You always constantly wonder what is she doing, what would she be like today, would she have kids, what would her kids look like?" Puetsch said. "I look at my niece and nephew and wonder how hers would look. It's just very hard."

If you'd like to donate, visit the Dubuque/Jo Daviess County Crime Stoppers Facebook page, and click donate at the top. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dubuque-Jo-Daviess-Counties-Crime-Stoppers/141752852686618?fref=ts

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