Facebook Crime Page May Have Cracked Cold Case

Tip in North Carolina leads to arrest of Kimberly Hancock in 2004 murder

(Newser) – Police in the small town of Spring Hope, NC, have made an arrest in a 15-year-old cold case thanks to an unexpected break. These days, such breaks often stem from DNA ancestry websites and the like, but this time, the break came in the form of an old-fashioned tip. Still, there was a modern twist: The tip didn't go to police, it went to a Facebook page dedicated to local crime operated by a woman who prefers to remain anonymous. Details:

  • The arrest: Police have charged Kimberly Hancock, 49, with killing 29-year-old Deborah Deans in 2004, reports WNCT. Deans lived with Hancock at the time, and she was also Hancock's sister-in-law. Authorities, acting on a tip, dug up the remains of a woman believed to be Deans from behind Hancock's house last week.

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