Chinese-American forensics expert Henry Lee (
Lee made the remarks in Taipei as he presided over the opening ceremony of the "The Henry C. Lee Forensic Science Foundation" and the 2007 International Conference on Physical Evidence, which was sponsored by the foundation. Nearly 100 coroners and forensic experts participated in the conference.
Lee said initial estimates show the foundation will need NT$30 million (US$928,800) to finance its operation, adding that donors in the US have begun to make contributions and domestic businesses would follow suit.
Lee said the "cold case" center would be a private group, but would cooperate with the government during investigations.
He said he would invite retired professors, police and experts to join the center.
Lee expressed hope that the center will give a "ray of hope" to family members of the victims, although it has yet to target any specific cases.
He said the foundation is planning to hold international seminars on a regular basis in a bid to upgrade Taiwan's forensic standards, nurture forensic talents, and arrange for interested students to study overseas.
Over the years Lee has taken part in numerous prominent investigations, including war crimes in Bosnia and Croatia, the suicide of former US president Bill Clinton's White House attorney, Vince Foster, a review of the assassination of late US president John F. Kennedy and the death of JonBenet Ramsey.
Lee came to Taiwan on several occasions to assist in the investigation of the shooting of President Chen Shui-bian (