Thursday, June 3, 2010

CCSO Warms Up Cold Cases On Facebook

For most people, Facebook is a way to stay in touch with friends. But the Collier County Sheriff’s Office is using it to bring justice to homicide victims and the families they left behind.

The agency has launched CCSO Cold Case Page on Facebook in hopes of generating new leads in cold homicide cases.

One of two things is required to solve a cold case: new tests that can be performed on case evidence or new information. CCSO can’t control when new technology will be available, but it can work toward generating new information by keeping cold cases in the public eye.

“In many cases, all it takes to solve a case is for someone to come forward with the right piece of information,” said Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk. “That’s why we want to expose these profiles to as many eyes as possible. Facebook is an innovative and effective way for us to do that."

Posting cold case photographs and background details on Facebook exposes these cases to Facebook’s 400 million active users around the world.

CCSO’s cold case Facebook page is a work in progress. An initial 25 cases are profiled on the site. More will be added regularly. In addition, CCSO will create and post video profiles of cold cases featuring investigators discussing case information.

In addition to Facebook, CCSO is expanding the cold case section of its website,, by adding more cold cases and posting video profiles as they become available. Video cold case profiles will also be featured in CCSO’s monthly television show, “On Scene,” which airs on Collier County government’s Collier TV, located at Comcast channel 97, and the Collier County School District’s Education Channel, at Comcast channel 99.

Click here to see the CCSO Cold Case Page on Facebook.