The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has announced a new partnership to help solve cold cases.

The department is working with the North Carolina Unidentified Project, a group that helps departments pay for the advanced forensic technology needed to identify victims.

WSOC says the partnership is already paying off. CMPD said Tuesday morning that they were able to confirm remains found in north Charlotte 13 years ago were those of Napoleon McNeil.

Officials said McNeil was reported missing in Raleigh back in 2009, and investigators didn’t originally consider that the remains were McNeil’s because he had no connections to Charlotte.