As part of his Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative, Attorney General Mike DeWine is hoping to help the Dayton Police Department gather new evidence in a cold case that has directly impacted their department.
Officer Kevin Brame joined the Dayton Police Department in 1993 and was shot to death while he was off-duty in November 1999. He was only 31-years-old.
"Kevin's ultimate goal in life was to be a good officer and contribute to the Dayton community," said Kevin's mother, Rosemary Brame. "We will never give up hope that someone from this community will give us the information we need to find his killer."
According to Dayton police, someone shot Brame outside of a home on Cherry Drive in Dayton. Brame had been at the home to drop off his two young sons after spending the day with them.
Dayton police continue to investigate the case on a regular basis.
"This young police officer had loyally served the Dayton Police Department and the Dayton community for six years when he was ambushed in what we believe was a planned attack," said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. "His death still cries out for justice."
Last year, Chief Biehl submitted Brame's case information, as well as the information for 375 additional unsolved homicides, to the Attorney General's new Ohio Unsolved Homicides public database. The database was created in effort to bring more awareness to cases like Brame's.
"We encourage anyone with information on this case or any other case to log onto the database and tell us what they know," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. "People are often afraid to come forward in homicide cases, but now anyone with details on a cold case can submit the information anonymously through our website."
Both Dayton police and Brame's mother believe there are people still living in the Dayton area who have valuable information that could help solve his murder.
"It has been 13 years, and I don't know how anybody lives with the information that long if they have a conscience," said Rosemary Brame. "All it takes is one person. It might be someone with information that seems insignificant to them, but it turns out to be the final piece of the puzzle."
Those with information can also call the Dayton Police tip line at 937-222-STOP (937-222-7867). Those in the community are offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information critical to solving the case.