DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Saturday, November 1, marks the 15th anniversary of one of Dayton’s greatest mysteries, the murder of Dayton police officer Kevin Brame.
“What it’s going to take to solve this case is people who know what happened to come forward,” said Detective Patty Tackett.
“I don’t think the perpetrators of this crime will ever come forward they are scum they are cowards,” said Rosemary Brame, Kevin’s mother.
It is a puzzle the Dayton Police Department has been trying to solve for the past 15 years. One of their own, Officer Kevin Brame, ambushed and fatally gunned down in the driveway of his estranged wife’s home.
“All of this a lot of of these so it goes all of that the majority of these files and these are all from the grand jury.”
The Dayton Police Department’s Cold Case Unit has gathered considerable evidence in the Brame case, but a $100,000 reward remains unclaimed and the case remains unsolved.
“I’m amazed. I’m beyond surprised. $100,000 reward and we know there are people walking around in the City of Dayton that know who took Kevin’s life and they stay silent that is the most hurtful thing to live with.
Police are beginning to fear that after 15 years, time may no longer be on their side.
“People talk, people know and the more time that goes by, we start losing these people and when I say losing them I mean losing them by death.”
Detective Patty Tackett says three of her best leads in the Brame case are now dead. And in February, Kevin’s father, Gerry, a former Dayton cop himself, went to his grave at the age of 73 without seeing justice done.
“You know when you have a weight like that that you live with every day for 15 years it takes a toll on us all our family has been literally frozen in time.”
But in other ways, the years have rolled by. Kevin’s son, Dominique, who was just five when his father died, is now 20 and bears a striking resemblance to his dad.
And adding to the family’s loss, just three months after the murder, Kevin’s estranged wife, Carla, moved to Texas with Dominique and his brother, Antonio, and cut off all contact with their grandparents and with Dayton police.
“She has not been cooperative in a lot of this investigation during my time. She has not come forward with information has not been in contact with the police department in asking about the case, there hasn’t been any communication whatsoever between this unit and her. Is it a red flag that she moved to Texas? No. Is it a piece of the puzzle? Yes.”
After 15 long years, all that remains is for that person with the last piece of the puzzle to finally come forward so that justice can be done.
“Do we know who did it, do we know who’s responsible, but the people we need to come forward aren’t coming forward and that leads to more frustration just because we do have leads we do have information on this case. It’s got to be people talking that are willing to say you know what it’s been 15 years, its time.”