California police use of the first person’s tweets in a bid to solve the decades-old cold case

This tweet from July 7, 2018 by the Newport Beach Police Department shows Linda O’keefe, an 11-year-old girl is kidnapped while walking home from school on 6 July 1973. The girl’s body was found the following morning in a nature reserve. The Newport Beach Police department suspended his normal Twitter content to draw attention to Linda’s case and placed her on the talk were for the audience. (Newport Beach Police via AP)

A Southern California police department has attempted to jog memories about a 45-year-old murder case by tweeting about the crime in the voice of 11-year-old victim.

The Newport Beach Police Department, which suspended all the normal Twitter content on Saturday to post a comprehensive series of tweets about Linda O’keefe, an 11-year-old girl was kidnapped while walking home from school on 6 July 1973. The blue-eyed girl’s body was the following morning in a nearby nature reserve.

The department wrote the powerful tweets if Linda was to tell readers about the last hours of her young life. The tweets was a Moment on the social media site and are getting attention under #LindasStory.

Although the police are more and more dependent on Twitter and other platforms to spread the word about the important things that the public safety or the information, dozens of unique tweets to tell Linda’s story shows how some departments are more fully embracing the power and popularity of such sites.

The tweets begin by telling readers about Linda’s morning and the day of the summer school, including that of her mother told her that she could not pick her up and make the short walk home.

“No one is worried if I don’t come home from school immediately. Or not be too concerned, anyway, ” reads a message written in Linda’s voice. “It’s a different time back in 1973, the children and roam the neighborhood on their bikes for hours at a time.”

The tweets detail how Linda’s parents and his 18-year-old sister went looking for her and calling around to friends and family.

They also explain in chilling detail how a cyclist found her body, while he was looking for frogs under the cattails.

“He sees something small and pale. My hand. He sees my hand,” the tweet reads. “Cries he, in an attempt to arouse me.”

A tweet described how the man his friends are screaming and see her body.

“They don’t know who I am, of course … or who I was,” the tweet says. “But they see a young girl, her body, still in my mama’s homemade dress. I have strangled.”

In addition to the tweets, the department posted what they say is a new lead, images of the suspected killer and what he would have looked like in 1973, and what would he look like now, all on the basis of DNA evidence be used to predict eye, hair and skin color, and face shape.

In a statement from the department said that the messages were designed to “give Linda a voice again.”

“Years have passed since this horrific murder, but the (department) continues to be dedicated to justice for Linda, and dedicated to finding her killer,” the department said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a journalist and editor, covering sports, tech, military and geopolitical for He can be reached at

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