unsolved

adjective
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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Long considered arson, the case remains unsolved; the prime suspect, who was never charged, committed suicide a year after the fire. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 As one of our country’s oldest unsolved cases, theories still abound — did a she-bear take her? Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 13 July 2018 The bill would require officials to gather and make public records from unsolved, racially motivated crimes. Washington Post, "Bill would release records from civil-rights cold cases," 10 July 2018 The bill would require officials to gather and make public records from unsolved, racially motivated crimes. Jay Reeves, The Seattle Times, "Bill would release records from civil-rights cold cases," 10 July 2018 Each season tackles a new unsolved crime as a window into problems with the American justice system. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Journalism has a trust problem. The podcast In the Dark proposes a compelling solution.," 7 July 2018 Though no match was made, the database did later link the profile to biological evidence from two other unsolved crimes — separate rapes of prostitutes that occurred in Fort Worth in 2011. Deanna Boyd, star-telegram, "He worked to steer troubled youths from crime, but Ray Hernandez died a murder victim," 2 July 2018 In 2013, the court ruled 5-4 that police can swab the cheek of someone arrested for a serious offense to obtain DNA — which then can be matched against databases of unsolved crimes. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "From heroin in rental car trunk to stolen motorcycle, Supreme Court defends privacy rights," 1 June 2018 He was joined by Billy Jensen, an investigative journalist who covers unsolved crimes, as well as Paul Haynes, who helped McNamara research the serial killer while writing the book. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Patton Oswalt visits Citrus Heights to talk about his wife’s book on the Golden State Killer. Here’s what he had to say," 30 May 2018

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1665, in the meaning defined above

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