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Tammy C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely not enough words to describe how important CCIRII IS!! Absolutely the best of the best!!! Sheryl McCollum is totally amazing!!!!

Melissa Guy C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome work. Tremendously talented people in the field!!

1 La'Shaun F G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I must say I was there from birth. Sheryl McCollum had a vision and birth it to life. I have to say now as a senior investigator who now works mostly in the back scene can never thank her enough. This opportunity help define who I am today. I am one of the sharpest tools in investigation and I owe it all to her vision and dream. Most of all the families that we have build relatioship and bonds with that will never be broken. Our imputs that have brought fresh eyes, new pespective and open hearts has truly been our gift. As long as the CCRI stands and it will I will always be there

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CCIRI sets the bar for Cold Case Investigations. Sheryl McCollum has a passion to help those affected by heinous crimes to find the answers and bring the offenders to justice. CCIRI has amassed hundreds of experts who donate their time and the institute never charges for their expertise. The institute also insures that future investigators are exposed and trained in Cold Case Investigations through classes and travels to the scene. The future of Cold Case Investigations is bright with the CCIRI leading the way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The CCIRI is an amazing, one of a kind, organization that helps victims families find answers to their Cold Cases. While seeking the truth, the institute teaches/mentors future criminal justice professionals with hundreds of the worlds leading experts. CCIRI has never taken a single dollar in profit and uses the donations to help solve the cold cases. Sheryl McCollum's years of experience in the field, stunning ability to bring in experts from around the world, sincere compassion for the victims families, and the never dying passion for the truth makes the CCIRI the best nonprofit in its class.

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1 Christy R.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work Sheryl McCollum and CCIRI do is so important and incredibly selfless. They work tirelessly for their clients and the victims of heinous crimes that have gone unsolved.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCIRI does so many amazing things to help others. The expertise and professionalism is outstanding. Sheryl McCollum
Goes the extra mile for every single case she handles. As an expert in her field along with her crazy hours and demands, Sheryl McCollum could easily be too busy for the everyday person. Yet, Sheryl takes time to make sure each individual feels important, valued, and every question asked is answered. CCIRI and Sheryl pour their time, energy, kindness, compassion, expertise, and respect in everything they do. Thank you, Sheryl, for the many you have helped and all those who will be in your path in the future. You have brought hope to the hopeless. Your session at CrimeCon 2019 with Kathy Kleiner was above and beyond expectations. Thank you!

LeighEgan

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Always a pleasure to work with Sheryl and her organization. She is caring, goes the extra mile and freely gives her expertise and time to help victims and their families. CCIRI is hands-down one of the best non-profits out there for victims and their families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm an investigative reporter with Nancy Grace and CrimeOnline, and have worked with Sheryl McCollum of CCRI on numerous occasions with different cases. Not only has she been a dedicated professional who gets answers, she is also caring and empathetic toward crime victims. CCRI is the best in its field and hold each case close to heart. Sheryl can and will find answers while utilizing her expertise, knowledge, and skills in the field. This is truly an exceptional organization that volunteers time and energy to get answers. You are great, Sheryl Mac!

1 Kathleen M.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had to opportunity to work with Sheryl and see her in action when it comes to working on cold cases. She is dedicated, intelligent, caring, and above all else committed to work she does.

3 Steven David L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had frequent interactions with Sheryl and the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute and I can tell you, from first-and experience, this is a phenomenal organization and Sheryl is, not only an amazing lady, she is immensely knowledgable of cold case investigations.

As the host of Crime & Forensics, I have had Sheryl on my show numerous times and her wealth of knowledge and expertise with cold case investigations has catapulted our show topic to a greater understanding to our listeners.

Sheryl and the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute have a decided impact in their field!

Steven David Lampley,
Host, Crime & Forensics
Speaker and Author

2 Jared B.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CCIRII, led my Sheryl McCullom, is a top notch cold case investigative group that is on the cutting edge. As a relatively new forensic tool on the market, Sheryl recognized the value of the M-Vac and immediately began to incorporate it in their investigations. That's only one example. Staying up to date on the latest in investigative tools, combined with years of experience, enables CCIRII to help agencies solve cases that no other group can.

1 Janet150

Volunteer

Rating: 1

If I could give this organization 1000 stars I would. The work effort and seflessness. Speak for it self.
Love everything about it. Thank you and keep up the great work

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

My teacher's title was Criminal Justice Professor, she was one of the best. She was very patient, informative, and respectful to students. She made sure that we had the hands on experience that not only could last a life time, but things we could use in our future careers. Thank you to one of the best.

1 Ellen McKee W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the work that CCIRI does for victims of crime and their families. The very talented Sheryl McCollum and her dedicated team work tirelessly in their pursuit of resolution for long unanswered questions about who, what, when and most of all why.

I always feel good about donating to CCIRI because I know that that all proceeds will be used wisely and to help people desperately seeking the truth.

1 Glendene G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Jessie Foster has been missing for 12 and 1/2 years. Sheryl and I became acquainted when this first happened, and she has being there supporting me in the search for Jessie ever since. The work Cold Case Investigative Research Institute does for the families is so extreme and helpful that I don't even have enough words to compliment them. Thank you.

3 Tricia Arrington G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Sheryl McCollum for many years. Ms. McCollum's dedication to her students and the cases she volunteers to work on is surpassed by no one else. The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute is becoming one of the most respected investigative schools in the country. The students and faculty help families with their often forgotten cases of murder against their loved ones. CCIRI does not take any money for helping others. The fantastic work by the students while guided by their teachers is groundbreaking. Eager students and dedicated teachers led by the incredible Ms. McCullom sets an example that all schools should follow. Never hesitate to give to this wonderful nonprofit organization.
I want to express my thanks and appreciation to Sheryl McCollum. Throughout the years Ms. McCollum has been ready and willing to help with Websleuths projects and has done so with complete professionalism and expertise.
The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute and Sheryl McCollum equal the perfect one-two punch to solving cold cases.
Tricia Griffith
Owner/Websleuths.com

3 Nikki52

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCIRI is a wonderful nonprofit organization with an excellent leader, Sheryl McCollum!!! The passion and expertise this team brings is unmatched.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former student of Mrs. McCollum's, I had the opportunity to be a part of the groundbreaking work of CCIRI. Our first case began with TuPac Shakur. I witnessed the passion Sheryl McCollum has for this field, the victims, and families involved. She's dedicated to her job and also teaching others that have a desire to learn. I strongly support CCIRI and all future endeavors of Mrs. McCollum!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been a honor to be associated with CCIRI top notch organization of Professional Experts in the law enforcement field outstanding investigative skills. Sheryl McCollum is definitely a skilled professional in the study of cold cases, my father CJ Strickland with the Atlanta Police Department worked one of Atlanta's most intriguing cases The Disappearance of Mary Shotwell Little the only case he did not solve in his 35 year career, dad retired and this case still went unsolved and cold.Decades later CCIRI and Sheryl McCollum were instrumental in pushing to have this case reopened and the original players in this case were brought back to join the CCIRI TEAM what a outstanding event it was. Thank You CCIRI and Sheryl McCollum for this dedication to this case.
Sincerely Mike Strickland

2 Marc J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost our Robert 20 years ago. Its so helpless. When we reached out to Sheryl Mccollum and the team at Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, we immediately felt like someone cared. The team has worked tirelessly to give us a shot at finding out what happened. They use ever resource they have, and for a family like ours, that commitment means the world. We are so fortunate to have come across the good folks at Cold Case Investigative Research Institute and encourage anyone else searching for answers to seek their help. Please continue to do the great work you all have become known for!

2 Tomi Bolton S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Cold Case Institute bringing resolution to families while bring forth the truth and justice while teaching our forensics students for the next generation of detectives across America. I love you Sheryl and the cold case institute. Sister of Jason Dale Bolton unsolved murder case August 21 1991..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CCIRI and its expert team have done outstanding work on the Colonial Parkway Murders! Sheryl McCollum and her colleagues have gone above and beyond to help the victim’s families search for answers in a case that has baffled investigators. Their compassion and dedication has certainly benefitted the case!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sheryl McCollum and her staff are some of the best in their field of expertise.

3 Joey J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute is a remarkable nonprofit organization that constantly seeks to bring justice to families. The face of the organization, Sheryl McCollum, is a tremendous leader and an amazing human being who is committed to helping others. CCIRI uses grit, determination, and perseverance to solve unanswered questions and provide clarity to families. I support this organization's efforts and will continue to do so!

2 Chris M.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing work being done by a group of very talented people..Extremely impressed.

1 Terri A.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great organization led by a true and compassionate professional, Sheryl McCollum. Her dedication and compassion toward crime victims is the reason why CCRI is such a success in getting answers to the questions most often asked from family members. Her team of volunteers, students, and experts all dedicate themselves in helping Shery (and CCRI) in bringing justice to those who deserve it and hope to families who need it! It is an honor to be associated with CCRI. Sheryl is a driving force who inspires us all to remember victims long forgotten. Thank you Sheryl and CCRI!!

2 Melissa Prunty K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with the CCIRI from its inception at the former Bauder College. There I met Sheryl McCollum, a gifted criminal justice professor and professional. Her tutelage led an enthusiastic group of students to delve deeply into some of the nation's most public unsolved cases and to make discoveries that pushed them forward toward being solved. I am enduringly amazed at the deep detective work "Chief" McCollum and her students accomplished. It was one of the most enriching academic experiences of my career. This institute and Professor McCollum have propelled many successful careers in criminal justice as well as given families resolution. I highly recommend the work of this Institute and hope for its long, successful operation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

On the days working with the Cold Case Instution, the cases felt to me as personal. What I meant by felt to me as personal is getting closer and peace for the victims families. Even some of the cases worked on didn’t make any sense on the conclusion at the beginning before it came a cold case. The cold case thought myself things not always seems what said happened or appeared to be. Examples of things don’t seems to happened or appeared to be on the original report are the Kirsten Davis case and the Boston strangler case couple of examples. You got to figure out the missing pieces what the original report failed to do.

2 Stacey S W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I had the pleasure to work with the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, and when I say pleasure that is understating the feelings I took away from interacting with them here in Oklahoma.

They have the determination to bring every resource available to bear on a case. And they make it clear that they won't engage in a case unless they're sure they can give it the respect and attention that a case deserves.

Wonderful organization.

2 Kara K.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute is a trail blazer and a picture of how crimes will be solved in our near future. Passionate and compassionate, the volunteers work tirelessly to help solve cold cases that have haunted our nation for years. Through ground breaking technology, concepts, and the brightest minds our investigation system has to offer, the Institute delivers on every penny they receive. This is a nonprofit that not only can you be proud to donate to, but they make you feel like you are part of the team and treat you like family. Consider donating to this fantastic nonprofit. I did, and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

2 Jamelle B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a former student and this team is what actually sold me on attending school. Just to be apart of something so monumental was awesome. I gained so much knowledge and saw lives change before my eyes! Whatever Caption McCullum touches turns into greatness! I couldn’t be more proud of being able to say i was once apart of something so great! Much success and continue being phenomenal!

2 KelliD

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I literally do not know where to start after this sentence....so let’s hope for the best.

Sheryl McCollum has been so much of an inspiration to me on my journey from a student to being in the Justice system. She is someone that is not wasting her time she has found ways to use anyone rather it be someone that is a student someone that is expert or signs in daily life. She includes everyone willing to help these families get closure. It’s an amazing organization for the primary reason of solving cases. But also an amazing way to meet people with passion to help and to network in your field.

2 Kenneth Stillstanding J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was actual Bauder College student volunteer in the Cold Case Investigation Research Institute 2007 to 2011...My first case was Wayne Williams case where the prosecutors believe he was responsible for the murders of 23 of 29 children in Atlanta area. In this institute we learned the technique to ask the right questions to get answers for today....I still use these tool as Mental Health Paraprofessionals. Its a blessing to see program still striving under Chief Sheryl McCollum. We thank you for not taking no for an answer and allowing us students learn under your leadership.

2 Derria C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit! Sheryl McCollum is the best in the business. This organization really cares about cracking these cases & giving families closure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an awesome organization!!!

I've learned a lot about solving cases & crime scene investigation over the years through this organization. It should be taught nationwide! Sheryl McCollum is the heart & soul of the company. She's very thorough & knowledgeable. Everyone should check them out!

1 Caroline H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The CCIRI is an amazing nonprofit staffed by remarkable human beings who are incredibly dedicated to what they do. The work tirelessly and educate others to help bring justice and peace to families in cases left long unsolved.

1 Jennifer607

Donor

Rating: 5

Sheryl McCollum does amazing work...she brings justice to families who have almost lost hope. This is one of my favorite groups to donate to because I know every dollar will be used wisely and well. I can't say enough about CCIRI!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended numerous events held by the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute. They are such a top notch groups of people helping so many families seek justice. What a tragedy to lose a loved one to murder..but an even greater tragedy to have no justice....This institute strives to bring that closure to the families and make sure the guilty party pays for their crimes. This is by far one of my favorite charities to donate to and attend their functions.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a body language expert, I have contributed my expertise to Sheryl McCollum's organization and all I can say is that she is the BEST there is. We worked on the Natalie Wood unsolved crime which happened back in the 1980's. Sheryl was the one who brought this then forgotten unsolved crime to having worldwide attention decades later, with a possible resolution in the very near future. She is a dedicated professional and an excellent communicator who brings to life those who cannot speak for themselves. I have been on many panels with Sheryl in the media and all I can say is she is the consummate professional.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sheryl and her team are professional and the best in the business
Their work is helping families find the answers they so desperately need. Every case gets the same attention to detail that they all deserve. Having met Sheryl in person, her expertise and passion can be felt after just a few minutes and is passed on to all those she works with. This nonprofit is changing lives with the work they do.