2011-01-27 / Other News

Detectives Looking For 28-Year-Old “Cold Case” Evidence

By Charles Rogers

On television, certain cop shows log cases that have gone unsolved for especially long periods of time under the heading of “Cold Cases,” and they go into a dusty bin in the basement until a conscientious hero decides to open up the file and take a second look. The second look, lately, might turn out to be worthwhile because of the advancements in science, such as DNA, that could lead to a suspect and thus an arrest.

Such was the situation recently when a detective from Brooklyn South decided to peer into a murder case that occurred in a house on East 86th Street way back in 1983.

The well-known detective had been in contact with the relatives of Godfrey Aguis, who was 30 at the time of the murder, after they began trying to tie certain aspects and possible clues to who might have killed him.

The murder was particularly gruesome, according to Godfrey’s brother, Reginald. The victim was found dead in the kitchen of his walk-in residence near Farragut Road. He had been stabbed several times in the head and chest, according to accounts recorded at the time. There was apparently a fight and the intruder allegedly broke into the house through a front window and then left the house through the same window.

The victim’s brother said a “Pac-Man” ski hat was left behind during the fight and there was “blood everywhere.”

When the borough detective decided to investigate the case recently, sources familiar with its disposition said he was still trying to come up with whatever evidence he could find at this time. The detective was not available for comment.

A family friend said this week that there is already a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and another police source said there is a possibility that more money might be available for a reward, although that could not be corroborated.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detective Squad at (718) 257-6215. Calls will be confidential.

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