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New App Could Help Police Solve Cold Case Crimes

Do you love True Crime stories because you fancy yourself a bit of an “armchair detective?” Now you can put your super-sleuth skills to work using a new app that could help you to help authorities solve cold cases!

It’s called CrimeDoor, and it is a virtual reality app that allows you to walk through a cold-case crime scene to help detectives solve crimes. Its developers say that CrimeDoor is not a game; it’s a virtual and augmented reality experience that is meant to have true crime followers help real-world detectives to solve cold cases. 

For example, CrimeDoor, allows you to walk through the Keddie Murder case crime scene. The unsolved murder happened 41 years ago in Keddie, California. 

A mom, son, and son’s best friend were found murdered. A daughter was kidnapped, and her remains were later found. 

California’s ABC10’s Madison Wade spoke with the former Plumas County Sheriff about this technology, and he said it’s important to keep this case top of mind. 

CrimeDoor also worked with Retired Detective Paul Holes, who was instrumental in the Golden State Killer case, to help them develop the content inside this app.

Currently, there are over 1000 cold cases that can be walked through on CrimeDoor. Another infamous case on the app is the murder of Hae Min Lee, which happened 23 years ago and was recently featured in the podcast, “Serial.” Lee’s body was found in Leakin Park. Although her boyfriend was convicted of murder, true crime enthusiasts are still enthralled by the case. 

Within the app, a computer-generated image shows what authorities saw the day they found the Woodlawn High School senior dead on Jan. 13, 1999. It’s a case that has garnered significant attention from true crime enthusiasts.

“I think this case is so unique because it obviously happened almost 23 years ago, but because of the podcast “Serial,” it rose to the spotlight,” said Erika Glass, marketing manager at CrimeDoor.

“It’s the place where you can continue to go down the rabbit hole after you’ve listened to the podcast or watched the documentary. We have thousands of case files that curate all of the information together,” Glass said.

It’s a virtual look deeper, not just at the headlines but at what authorities know, so users can help crack the case.

“We want to spread awareness about these missing person cases, these unsolved cases, especially ones that may not be covered in the mainstream media,” Glass said.

Paul Holes, Augmented Reality (AR) Creator for CrimeDoor, says, “I believe the innovation of AR technology in criminal cases is as paramount as the introduction of DNA and will be critical to the future of solving cases.”

CrimeDoor is free with upgrades that can cost up to $49.99, and there’s a link for users to submit their own cases.