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No Longer On The Sidelines: Amateur Sleuths Help Cops Solve Cases Thanks To Podcasts And Social Media

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Source: SAN LUIS OBISPO SHERIFF; ALEXANDRIA POLICE; ITUNES

Aug. 24 2021, Published 3:14 p.m. ET

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We've come a long way since the early days of TV's "America's Most Wanted" and "Unsolved Mysteries," which sought the public's help in solving baffling cases. Today, podcasts and social media, which boast powerful new tools at their disposal, are proving to be effective ways of fighting crime.

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Through new media outlets and scientic advances, both amateur and professional sleuths are uncovering evidence and helping police close cold cases such as the murders of Kristin Smart, Courtney Coco and Roger Dean.

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