On Tuesday, July 19, the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI) at CHI Institute will continue its investigation into the death of 19-year-old Private LaVena Johnson by recreating the crime scene. Johnson died in July 2005 while serving in Balad, Iraq. Army officials listed Johnson’s death as a suicide, but the evidence and circumstances have investigators taking another look at the case.
The CCIRI has taken on high profile cases such as Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, Tupac Shakur and The Boston Strangler. Each year the CCIRI investigates a new cold case and this year has chosen Johnson’s case. The CCIRI’s crime scene reconstruction will help shed light on this case that has attracted worldwide attention. The case was also the inspiration for the documentary, “LaVena Johnson – The Silent Truth.”