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Richmond Police Pinterest Board Used for Unsolved Murders

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - It's been a heartbreaking six months for Denise Pittman whose son, Larry, was murdered in front of their house in May.

"It's just hard cause you can't forget your son," she says. "I feel a loss to the other parents and families that's been going through what I'm going through."

A high tech tool to clear unsolved murders in Richmond is being launched this week.

Families now have a new tool to help find the killers: the Richmond Police Department Pinterest Board.

The Richmond Police Department is the first in Virginia - and likely the entire country - to post cold case murders on this social media site.

You can scroll, search, share and hopefully solve a crime.

"It is a little different from what people might normally see on Pinterest, but we think that's a good thing," says Richmond Police Department Spokesperson Dionne Waugh.

Every unsolved murder since 2010 is posted here with a picture of the victim, crime scene and case details.

"It's really easy for people to share the information literally just one click and you can pin something to your board. You can pin something to different boards."

Those boards will allow an unlimited number of people everywhere to see the information.

"Two people get it to four, four get it to eight more people, more tips, more solves," says Capt. Emmett Williams.

That's the goal. On a website normally used for crafts, photos and recipes, there's a page designed to bring closure and help families like the Pittman's.

The Department realizes that most Pinterest users are women so they're hoping to reach them and have them share the information.

To see the Richmond Police Department Pinterest Board, click here: http://www.pinterest.com/richmondpolice/unsolved-richmond-murders/

 

 

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