GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent Metro Cold Case Team is turning to social media to help solve crimes.
The team launched a Twitter account on Tuesday, seeking tips on unsolved cases in Kent County.
“We’re going to use it to our advantage. It’s real-time intelligence for us,” Detective Sgt. Sally Wolter of the cold case team said.
Wolter said the team has had a Facebook page for a few years and it has generated some tips.
“People that normally wouldn’t make a phone call to us might generate some conversation in a private message to us. It’s another avenue for people to reach out to us,” she said of the new Twitter account in a Tuesday phone interview with 24 Hour News 8.
Wolter said the case of Bossier Doe, a 1981 Louisiana murder victim who was identified earlier this year through social media as 17-year-old Carol Ann Cole of Kalamazoo, shows how powerful a tool it can be.
“That just confirms that those of us in law enforcement need to get on the same page and be available to those who use social media on a regular basis,” she said. “That case confirmed that we needed to do this sooner rather than later.”
Since forming a decade ago, the cold case team has solved 14 homicides.