More than half of 2014 murders still unsolved

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - A total of 159 people were murdered in St. Louis in 2014. Of those murders, 88 are unsolved according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Police call it a steady pattern of people being unwilling to talk with police.

In 2013, a total of 120 people were murdered in St. Louis; 57 of those murders went unsolved.

The police department has 24 detectives, six sergeants, and one lieutenant in its homicide division. However, they say they relationship between the police department and some in the community gets in the way.

“I think there is just a culture of mistrust between some folks in the community and law enforcement,” St. Louis Police Detective Michael Sack said.

The Ferguson unrest did not help the situation, Sack said.

“That wedge, as we've seen over the last few months, has made it harder for us to do our jobs,” he said.

Detective Sack had several ideas on how to change the situation.

In the past, homicide detectives have attended funerals of victims in an effort to “show people that they care.”

It's an effort that Detective Sack said will continue.

“It's when we show a level of respect for the people that live there and served them as best we can, and they can cooperate with us so we can build a case,” he said.