Detective Bureau

Responsibilities & Equipment


The Detective Bureau is responsible for investigations on every felony committed in Whitehall and some misdemeanor crimes. The Whitehall Division of Police handles about 1,500 felony investigations per year along with undercover and intelligence operations.

The Detective Bureau also operates and maintains a mobile crime scene processing unit capable of processing most serious crime scenes through the use of modern technology. The Detective Bureau also employs technology for the forensic analysis of recovered evidence and the capability for the forensic examination of electronic devices. The Detective Bureau also maintains equipment for covert surveillance and undercover operations.

Cold Cases


All Whitehall cold case homicides are listed on the Ohio Attorney General’s 
website

  1. Virginia Vangler, Date of Homicide: 07/29/1976
  2. Mary Beth Grismore, Date of Incident: 2/22/1978 to 05/03/1978, Date of Homicide: Unknown
  3. Jack Lesley Dentner, Date of Homicide: 02/16/1983
  4. Princess Murdock, Date of Homicide: 11/18/1985
  5. Ruth Stires, Date of Homicide: 12/13/1987
  6. Ronnie Tanner, Date of Homicide: 01/07/1998
  7. Antoine Patterson, Date of Homicide: 03/16/2006
  8. Luis Orlando Morales, Date of Homicide: 07/12/2007