"Cold Justice" has a new policewoman on the case. The series documenting cold cases is bringing a 26-year veteran from the Toledo Police Department, Tonya Rider, onto the show to help solve cold cases.
As the Toledo Blade shares, Rider joins former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and a rotating team of former and current law-enforcement officials who investigate murders and disappearances that have gone cold due to lack of resources and manpower.
"I knew I wanted to do it," shares Rider about the opportunity after meeting Siegler.
“We’re literally coming into town, putting our bags down, getting a good night’s sleep, and working the entire time, 12-14 hours days, for the entire time we’re there,” she explains of the investigative process on the show.
The cast has about eight to 10 days in each location to investigate and provide a theory of what happened. “It’s just getting the lay of the land within that short period of time and being able to put yourself in that area of the crime and reconstructing it so you get a sense of what happened," Rider says.
Up next on "Cold Justice," a 13-year-old cold case involving a man's murder in his trailer. Siegler and her team visit a trailer similar to the murder scene in an attempt to piece together the fatal shot.
Rider worked with the Toledo Police Department in the Crimes against Persons/Homicide unit and Sexual Assault Unit. During her career, she received a Meritorious Service Medal for her work on a high profile cold case homicide investigation involving the murder of a nun by Father Gerald Robinson. She retired in 2016.
Prior to joining the show, Rider just finished her first semester teaching at Bowling Green State University.
"Cold Justice" airs on Oxygen on Saturdays at 6/5c and 8/7c.