The people & purpose behind Solve the Case
Solve the Case is a non-profit that is dedicated to finding missing persons, solving cases of murder and other serial offenses. We use the power of the internet to bring the community together to look at cases in new and innovative ways with investigative professionals.
Board of Directors
President / Detective
Aaron is a law enforcement officer with over twenty years of experience who has had the opportunity to investigate hundreds of violent crimes to include murder, kidnapping, robbery and assault types of offenses. In addition to his own case experience, Aaron has assisted investigators all over the United States in their cases. During the course of his professional career, he has testified as an expert witness in the area of cellular devices to include location data mapping and forensic examinations. Additionally, he has developed software used by city, state and federal law enforcement agencies for mapping location data. Using the experience he has gained as a lead detective in numerous violent offenses, Aaron has created this non-profit organization whose goal is to assist agencies in understanding and using technology in their investigations and expand awareness of unsolved cases. Aaron's assistance has led to the closure of many cases, to include a cold-case murder without a suspect that was solved by a technical review of available data.
Zeke Fortenberry is a true trial lawyer. He has handled more than 150 jury trials, which include some of the biggest cases in North Texas in recent years. These cases have included complicted criminal offenses with missing persons. In additional to his trial experience in the courtroom, he is known for teaching trial advocacy to other lawyers and law students. For several years, Mr. Fortenberry served as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University School of Law teaching trial advocacy. He also has lectured on trial techniques at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at numerous continuing legal education seminars throughout Texas.
Dr. Rick Staub earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Genetics from the University of Arizona. He then served as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Carleton College in MN for eight years. He was recruited to help start a DNA lab for human identification in 1990 and spent the rest of his career as Laboratory Director of several DNA laboratories performing human identity testing for kinship analysis as well as analyzing forensic cases. During this time, he started the first human identity DNA lab based entirely on short tandem repeat (STR) testing and authored three patents on methods to perform that testing. During his career, Dr. Staub has testified as a DNA expert in more than 200 cases in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Israel. He also spent nine years managing the Crime Scene Investigation Unit of the Plano Police Department. During his career, he has worked with detectives and attorneys to help them use current DNA technology to help solve crimes and to understand the results obtained in that testing. He continues to serve as a professional consultant in the field of DNA testing for human identity.
Dr. Staub is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, and the Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators.
From a young age, Scott has been interested in computers and creating experiences for others to enjoy with the code he writes. He loves playing with new technology, especially Apple products, while always having that entrepreneurial spirit. He also enjoys camping with his 3 kids, playing video games, and just being an overall fun and silly guy. Scott graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Management Information Systems and served in the United States Air Force.
Solve the Case is one of the many successful endeavors Scott and Aaron have joined forces to create. Previous projects have included a world-wide scavenger hunt game (Munzee) that united people across the globe through location-based interactions.
Through her own family tragedies, Catrina has learned first hand what it takes to advocate for a cold case. As our case advocate, Catrina keeps victim's unsolved cases at the forefront of investigative efforts while bringing hope to the lives of those who have been wronged, ensuring that their voices are heard and their stories are told. Catrina understands the importance of keeping the memory of victims alive, for it is in their remembrance that true justice can be achieved. Her advocacy continues to inspire others to take action, to stand up for what is right, and to never forget the victims who have suffered unjustly and no longer have a voice to speak for themselves.