Sheriff’s office using electronic billboards, social media to solve crimes

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Local law enforcement agencies are turning to new technology to solve crimes.

In fact, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is using several outlets to get information out to the public.

The newest form of getting justice relies on your help. And if you’re driving too fast, you may miss it.

When driving down NC 11 in Winterville, you may notice a different type of advertisement on an electronic billboard.

“It’s basically a picture of her and it asks them, do you know who murdered me,” said Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks. His office is going to the next level to alert the public to unsolved crimes. The sky’s the limit really. It would be basically very beneficial for missing persons, any Silver Alerts that we may have, and stuff like that.”

Right now, deputies are asking drivers who pass this sign to help them with a cold case. That happened on May 29th.

“We found a lady in a ditch near the Red Oak community and she was still alive at the time when we realized she had been shot once,” said Elks. “We’re just uneasy about the fact that the homicide has not been solved.”

The sheriff’s office has solved several crimes using the new forms of technology. Deputies said social media continues to help bring people to justice.

“It’s been very beneficial for our agency to use that to be able to disseminate information and get information out there quickly and in real time,” said Major Paula Dance, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.

It helps the sheriff’s office reach thousands of people instantly. And allows residents to be proactive in the community and help fight crime.

“They may see something in real time. And say, hey, this is who they’re looking for and call us,” said Dance.

Now when you drive down NC 11, be on the lookout because you may be able to help drive home justice.

The space on the billboard is donated to the sheriff’s office by Riley Outdoor.

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