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Grisly Texas Murder With No Leads Solved With Help of Online Service

Detectives Near Houston Use LeadsOnline to Track Down Murder Suspect in Dallas

September 16, 2010

Dallas – Last week, Huntsville Police used an online database that tracks and recovers stolen property to help them solve the murder of 17-year-old high school student K'Lynn Sherrie Kohr in her home. With no suspects in the case, detectives questioned numerous people and a few days later came up with a suspect, 27-year-old ex-con Jerwoody "Jared" Moler, but they were unable to locate him. He was considered armed and dangerous.

Detective Marvin Hyvl ran the suspect's name through LeadsOnline, an online service the department uses to track and recover stolen property. A day later, the system alerted Detective Hyvl that the suspect had pawned a stolen item to a pawn shop in Dallas.

LeadsOnline instantly provides store transaction information to police, no matter where the information is stolen or sold. Using the seller information provided by the pawn shop and LeadsOnline, police were able to see that the suspect was on the move.

Hyvl contacted the pawn shop manager, who provided store video that showed the suspect had a bandaged hand. That evidence helped Huntsville Police learn Moler had fled their area and was traveling north. The suspect, after visiting the pawn shop, left Dallas and headed farther north. Using cell phone records to locate his whereabouts and the help of state and federal agencies, Moler was apprehended outside of Des Moines, Iowa by the Iowa State Police just days after the murder. Moler was extradited back to Huntsville.

"The LeadsOnline hit helped our agency locate the suspect much quicker and prevent him from avoiding apprehension," says Det. Hyvl. LeadsOnline allows police to work across jurisdictional lines, providing instant information that helps solve cases. The Des Moines Police Department subscribes to the service.

The LeadsOnline database uses a variety of ways to search for stolen property, including serial and model numbers, as well as descriptions. Because the system is an online nationwide network that pawn shops and secondhand stores report to, police have real-time access to the information, no matter where the item is sold.

"We send our condolences to the family and friends of K'Lynn Sherrie Kohr for the loss of their loved one," says Dave Finley, President and CEO of LeadsOnline. "We also commend the hard work of the officers of Huntsville Police Department, Texas Rangers, US Marshalls, Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force, Iowa State Police, and US Border Patrol involved for solving this horrible and senseless crime."

LeadsOnline is the nation's largest online investigative system used by more than 3,000 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each day, millions of items are added to the LeadsOnline database by businesses including second-hand stores, scrap metal recyclers, pawnshops, and Internet drop-off stores across all 50 states. Those records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies, meaning crimes can be solved in seconds, not months. The LeadsOnline system, compatible with the NCIC, serves as an indispensible, efficient, and money-saving resource for detectives because it provides a cross-jurisdictional, instantaneous, and accurate database that stops criminals from escaping detection by selling stolen items in another city. An official eBay partner, LeadsOnline helps prevent illegal transactions on the eBay website by giving law enforcement access to the world's largest online marketplace through automatic upload of all eBay transactions into the LeadsOnline database. Leads Online also includes LeadsOnlabs, a system for tracking those involved in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines; a Metal Theft Investigation System designed to track copper and other metal thefts; and cross-checks names of pawn customers against the OFAC SDN list of known terrorists and narcotics traffickers. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson. Based in Dallas and led by President and CEO Dave Finley, LeadsOnline works with thousands of agencies throughout the country, including the New York City Police Department, the Dallas Police Department, and the Chicago Police Department.

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