un·​solved | \ˌən-ˈsälvd, -ˈsȯlvd\

Definition of unsolved 

: not explained, corrected, or dealt with : not solved an unsolved problem unsolved math equations

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Lucas confessed to 600 unsolved murders and claimed to have killed thousands, but authorities were only able to link him to as many as 10 slayings and Lucas’ prolific admissions of guilt (later retracted) have come under scrutiny by experts. PEOPLE.com, "Serial Killers Who Inspired Haunting Hollywood Portrayals," 12 July 2018 In Sunday’s premiere, Camille, a reporter for a St. Louis paper, is dispatched by her well-meaning editor (Miguel Sandoval) to her Missouri hometown to write about the unsolved murder of one young girl and the disappearance of another. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "'Sharp Objects' with Amy Adams isn't another 'Big Little Lies' (and it shouldn't have to be)," 5 July 2018 Police took another look at the case after reviewing the 1991 unsolved murder of Loretta Tabak-Bodtke in her Arlington Heights home. George Houde, chicagotribune.com, "Donnie Rudd guilty of killing wife in ’73, making it look like car crash; likely to spend rest of life in prison," 2 July 2018 One focus of the investigation was three unsolved murders, including the shooting last September of a 60-year-old man, Neftali Gonzalez Castaneda. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Data-driven policing leads to gang arrests in 3 Stockton homicides," 21 June 2018 Six months after the back-t0-back slayings of a Missouri City couple, police are turning to the public for help, offering up a $5,000 reward for information in the unsolved murders. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Police seek help finding suspects in death of Missouri City couple," 19 June 2018 The attacks eventually moved to Southern California, and included a string of unsolved murders. NBC News, "Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo fights DNA collection effort," 3 May 2018 Debbi Domingo had no way of knowing that her mother and Greg's murders were the latest in a string of unsolved murders across Southern California. CBS News, "Has "The Golden State Killer" been caught?," 28 Apr. 2018 Described as a bear-like giant with a human face, the report generated great interest because of the many unsolved murders at Deadman’s Hole, then a water stop on the Butterfield stage line. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Known Unknown: Tales of the Yucca Man," 25 Apr. 2018

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1665, in the meaning defined above

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