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Published May 01, 2014, 09:00 PM

New information on the unsolved murder case of Henry Volochenko

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - In the last three weeks, three separate cold cases have topped headlines nationwide - all proving it sometimes takes years, even decades to find answers in these unthinkable crimes. From South Dakota to Texas to Illinois unsolved murders still haunt families and communities.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - In the last three weeks, three separate cold cases have topped headlines nationwide - all proving it sometimes takes years, even decades to find answers in these unthinkable crimes.

From South Dakota to Texas to Illinois unsolved murders still haunt families and communities.

Right now Fargo has seven and Moorhead two.

Even in our own tight-knit town, loved ones are grieving and searching for hope after losing a man they called "Hank."

“When the leads run cold, you know, what do you do?”

Today marks day number 317.

More than 10 months since the cold hearted murder of 87-year-old Henry Volochenko.

Days and months full of countless questions, but not so many answers.

Leon Francis/Friend of Hank's: “It does shock me that this hasn't been resolved yet.”

Lt. Tory Jacobson/Moorhead Police Dept: “This is certainly not a cold case, this is a very active, ongoing investigation.”

Volochenko was found brutally beaten to death in his Moorhead home off Main Avenue.

Ever since, his friend, Leon Francis has been working with investigators, trying to pinpoint the killer of the kind man he called "Hank."

Francis: “He was a saint in my opinion.”

Francis says Hank found happiness serving others in our community.

Francis: “He would give you the shirt off his back, even if he only had one shirt to wear. That's the type of person he was and I was always concerned about that.”

But Francis says it was Hank's generosity that maybe cost him his life. He says Hank's home was full of things- many he'd give away to strangers, and even invite them inside complicating the investigation for police.

Jacobson: “A case like this you have so many possibilities and we want to exhaust all of them. So it'd be impossible for us to say we've answered all of our questions.”

Francis: “When you open your home to people that you don't know, strangers, transients, people from outside of the community, you open yourself up to that type of danger.”

And while Francis is still shaken something like this could happen in such a small community.

Francis: “This could be my grandfather, your grandfather, you know, your dad.”

It's the community that could help solve the case.

Jacobson: “We're looking for any type of information that may put us in the right direction.”

Francis: “We need to do everything that we can. We need to shake the cobwebs out of our psyche and remember things that maybe you didn't remember back then.”

All to remember Henry Volochenko.

The man who just ten months ago wheeled Moorhead's streets on his scooter and spent his days helping the people he met, who needed it most.

Francis: “He was such a great guy with a warm and open heart. You have to do everything in your power to get something like this resolved, to get some answers.”

Jacobson: “This isn't forgotten, it's not going to be forgotten, and we'll continue to work this case.

Jacobson says the police department gets calls about the case regularly, and continues to send in evidence to the Minnesota BCA.

The Police Department is still offering a reward up to $1,000 for information about Volochenko's murder.

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