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A girl who was murdered 45 years ago is 'tweeting' for help in solving her cold case

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
Photo credit: Newport Beach Police Department

From Cosmopolitan

A police department in Newport Beach, California has been tweeting under the guise of an 11-year-old girl who was murdered 45 years ago in a bid to solve her case.

Linda Ann O'Keefe was just a child when she was abducted and killed on July 6, 1973 on her way home from summer school. The youngster had been strangled, and her body was found the next morning in a nature reserve near to where she went missing.

Proving that resources are still being ploughed into identifying the perpetrator of the murder, Newport Beach Police Department recently suspended their normal Twitter activity for an entire weekend to share the story of Linda's disappearance. Writing in first person, as if they were Linda herself, they let her 'share her own experience' along with the hashtag #LindasStory:



When the next day came around and there was still no sign of Linda, concerns grew and the search expanded:

And there's a reason police decided to do the Twitter takeover on the 45th anniversary of Linda's death:

It might seem like a stretch to hope that Linda's killer may still be found all these years later, but in April this year, something similarly miraculous happened.

After decades of searching, police in California arrested arrest a man in connection with the 'Golden State Killer' case. The 'Golden State Killer' committed 12 murders, 45 sexual assaults and over 120 burglaries in the Sacramento area of California in the 1970s and '80s, but it wasn't until 2018 that now-72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested after being identified through sophisticated DNA matching.

So here's hoping hearing Linda's 'voice' telling her own story might help trigger a memory or a clue in someone that could lead to the person responsible being caught.

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