Police Use Novel Approach in Bid to Solve Cold Case

Newport Beach PD sends tweets on the 45-year-old case as if it just happened
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 8, 2018 5:00 PM CDT
Police Publicize Cold Case by Making it Seem New Again
This tweet from July 7, 2018 by the Newport Beach Police Department shows Linda O'Keefe, an 11-year-old girl kidnapped while walking home from school on July 6, 1973   (Newport Beach Police Department via AP)

A California police department is drawing attention to a 45-year-old murder case by tweeting about the crime as if it just happened, in the voice of the 11-year-old victim. The Newport Beach Police Department suspended all its normal Twitter content on Saturday to post a series of tweets about Linda O'Keefe, an 11-year-old girl kidnapped while walking home from school on July 6, 1973. The girl's body was found the following morning in a nearby nature preserve. The department wrote the tweets as if Linda herself were telling readers about the last hours of her young life. The tweets became a Moment on the social media site and have been gaining attention under #LindasStory. The tweets begin by telling readers about Linda's morning and day at summer school, including that her mother told her she couldn't pick her up and to take the short walk home.

"No one is concerned when I don't come home from school right away. Or not TOO concerned, anyway," reads one post written in Linda's voice. "It's a different time back in 1973, and kids roam the neighborhood on their bikes for hours at a time." The tweets detail how Linda's parents and 18-year-old sister began looking for her and calling around to friends and family. They also explain in chilling detail how a bicyclist found her body while he was looking for frogs among cattails, per the AP. In a news release about the series of tweets, the department said the posts were designed to "give Linda a voice once again." "Years have passed since this heinous murder, but the (department) remains dedicated to justice for Linda, and committed to finding her killer," the department said.

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