As part of his Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative, Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking for information regarding a homicide in Lima that happened more than a decade ago.
Cardell Beachum, 69, was killed outside of the Sportz and Sortz pool hall on St. John's Avenue in Lima on July 2, 2001. Beachum was shot once in the upper torso in what detectives with the Lima Police Department believe was an attempted robbery.
The shooting happened just outside the front door of the business.
"Our investigators interviewed numerous people in connection with this case, but no witnesses ever came forward," Lima Police Detective Sean Neidemire said. "We do believe that someone saw this crime and we hope that they are now willing to speak up and help close this case."
"It can sometimes be frightening for a witness to come forward and report seeing such a violent crime, but we urge those with information on any crime to do the right thing and call police," DeWine said.
Anyone with information on this crime should contact the Lima Police Department at (419) 227-4444.
DeWine’s Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative was developed in September 2012 in an effort to create a statewide database of the approximately 5,000 unsolved killings in the state. So far, law enforcement agencies have submitted 1,468 unsolved homicide cases to the public database.
The goal of the initiative is to bring widespread visibility to cases, increase the possibility for tips, and help jurisdictions compare details of unsolved crimes.
Those with information on this or any other unsolved homicide can also contact the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) at 855-BCI-OHIO or submit a tip HERE on the Ohio Attorney General's website.