A Florida sheriff’s office tweeted in the voice of a real girl who went missing 33 years ago, creating an imagined live-tweet of the last days of her life. And now, they’re saying that the unusual true-crime approach to their missing person’s campaign is resulting in some new leads in the 1984 disappearance of 8-year-old Christy Luna.
Luna disappeared after buying food for her cats in a nearby grocery store. Police suspected foul play, and even settled on three suspects, though no one has ever been charged.
The tweets, however, have triggered some witnesses' memories of the incident, said Therese Barbera, a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, to the Associated Press. “It's been amazing,” she said.
Much of the tweets are innocuous messages from the voice of a young girl, even when she makes the potentially fatal decision to go to the store by herself.
But inside the store, the tweets soon turn horrifying:
Police previously looked at a golf course worker visiting Luna's neighborhood as well as two brothers who lived on her street. All three were suspects in similar crimes against young girls, but no evidence has thus far linked them to Luna's disappearance.
[Image: Palm Beach County Sheriff]