BUSAN, Feb.26 (Korea Bizwire) – Many cases which the police caught suspects using SNS are being reported. Now, SNS plays an important role in distributing ‘Wanted ads’, since the information spreads rapidly.
A suspect who sexually harassed two little girls and was on the lam for the past seven months was finally captured thanks to wanted ads posted on SNS. Although the police printed out wanted ads with the CCTV images on the day the crime was reported, they struggled to catch the suspect.
After seven months, officers switched tactics and finally used SNS. The post spread like wildfire, and in two days, a person who claimed to be an acquaintance of the suspect called the police. The suspect was quickly apprehended.
Also, burglars that robbed money from closed stores were arrested through SNS investigation. The thieves posted pictures of stolen money on their SNS accounts, and the police received a report on the posting which lead to the arrest of the suspect.
Now, the police department in Busan has launched an open criminal investigation on SNS to track down a criminal who murdered a woman in her 20s 14 years ago.
The police wrote a post on their Facebook page. “One like, one share, and tagging one friend could unearth a clue to solving the case. Help us share this wanted ad with more people.”
The case goes back to 2002. ‘A’ (22 at the time, female) headed home after work around 10 p.m. on May 21. She was said to have talked to her colleagues until 11 p.m., but did not speak with anyone after that.
After ‘A’ was absent at work, and unable to be reached, her sister reported her as missing.
Ten days later, ‘A’ was found in a bag by the seashore, dead. Her body was damaged. Her hands were tied with green tape, her pants were missing, and there were many stab wounds on her chest and stomach.
The police started an investigation considering all the circumstances, but couldn’t find any clues.
Even though a TV program aired an episode about the open criminal investigation regarding the case, nothing could be found.
The only clue was a CCTV image of three suspects. The first suspect was a tall man in his 20s, who withdrew money from the victim’s account after her murder.
Two other female suspects were also recorded on CCTV when they tried to withdraw money from the victim’s account. One was in her 30s, chubby, and had medium length hair, and the other was in her late 20s, of average build, and had a permanent wave.
Police officers said that they are desperate for the help of internet users to solve the case. With SNS being powerful in spreading information, the police are crossing their fingers to find more clues on the unsolved case.
By M.H.Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)