Sedgwick County Turns To Facebook To Help In Cold Cases

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department has joined everyone else on Facebook. You can do a lot more than just be their friend.

All you need to do is click on the posting for cold cases on the Sheriff's Facebook page. A ten-minute video pops up detailing a dozen cold cases, which the sheriff is hoping could result in new leads.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office has used its Facebook page over the past year or so to alert the public on everything from road closures to “felon of the day.” Captain Gregory Pollock says, for example, they’ve had some success using social media to track down felons.

Captain Pollock says, “It's a new tool that's getting a lot of use nationwide."

With this new posting, they hope Facebook friends might help warm up some very cold cases.

"With that success we're hoping to expand it to include our cold cases and that's what we added yesterday," says Captain Pollock.

The oldest cold case posted is the death of Bruce Douglas, a WSU student who went missing in November 1973. There are several cases from the 1980s, including the death of Kathy Kelly in 1984, whose body was found by dove hunters in a field at 2500 N. West Street.

The thought is Facebook connects with so many people. Perhaps the discussion could result in useful case information.

Now besides this, he says, the office will be offering a couple new applications, apps soon for our smart devices, keeping us updated on sheriff's alerts and helping us better interact with the local sheriff.

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