DOJ and MPD dig up backyard searching for cold case clues

CREATED Jun 27, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - State and local authorities spent the week digging up a backyard in Milwaukee.  Since Wednesday June 25th the alley off 40th and Lisbon was blocked. This was where Milwaukee Police with help from the Wisconsin Department of Justice executed a search warrant.


The sight of forensic experts digging and excavating in a backyard would spark anyone’s curiosity. But for Jimmy Coleman it was too close to home, in fact investigators were at his home.

“Kids in the neighborhood have been asking what the police doing at your house, and I'm like them I'm perplexed,” said Coleman.

Earlier in the week police came to the duplex to serve the warrant. They blocked off the sidewalk, the two properties next door and the alley behind the house.

“They had taped off the area in the back all the way to the basement. They told me I could not enter the property,” explained Coleman.

The I-Team monitored the three day activity as investigators methodically turned over the sod, dropped flag markings as they got to work outside the duplex. Inside we’ve learned they even ripped up the basement floor.

“They came in with machines and metal detectors,” said Coleman.

Milwaukee Police tell the I-Team they were in the neighborhood looking into a murder and drug investigation from many years ago.

Coleman moved into the duplex less than a year ago and he can’t get back until the scene is cleared.

It’s unclear what if anything investigators discovered or if this involved more than one murder. The investigation is ongoing.