Lincolnshire Police is the first force in the UK to launch a standalone website dedicated to solving a murder case.
The website is to help solve the brutal murder of Alan Wood who was bound, tortured and mutilated at his home in Hamlet of Lound, near Bourne, in 2009.
CCTV footage of the prime suspect, ATM man, a breakdown of key evidence and a £60,000 reward from Sainsbury’s and Crimestoppers for information leading to a conviction are all available online.
Police see the website as an easy way for the public to give information directly to the investigation team.
Detective Superintendent Stuart Morrison explained how the website gives the investigation a greater reach.
“It has been a long investigation with international aspects, DNA checks and other work around the world and in a meeting the idea of a website emerged,” said Morrison.
Murder investigations have been moved online before with the use of sites such as Twitter and Facebook but this is the first time a standalone website has been put in place.
Morrison said: “We’ve had positive feedback so far from within the force and we hope that we can reach that person with a piece of information we want then it will be worthwhile.”
Two programmes that featured the case have been made available with the support of BBC Crimewatch and the site has biographical information on Alan Wood and comments from his family.
You can visit the site at www.alanwoodmurder.com