Local Authorities Say Digital Forensics is Important in Boston Investigation
Josh Navarro NewsWest 9
ODESSA - You can bet that law enforcement officials in Boston will be using every tool at their disposal, as they try to figure out who is responsible for the attack. In this day and time, that means turning to cell phones for possible clues and Boston authorities are hoping that kind of footage will draw them closer to the person or persons responsible for the horrific act.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But this week, law enforcement officials in Boston are hoping it's worth a whole lot more.
"There has to be hundreds if not thousands of photographs and videos or observations that were made down at that finish line," Boston Police Commissioner, Ed Davis, said.
"You know everybody has a different point of view. Everybody is standing in a different position and there's a different perspective on the video that they're taping it," Odessa Crime Stoppers Director, Susan Rogers, said.
Rogers said spectators at the event had various vantage points. They may had zoomed in on various locations of the event and might have caught something else in their videos. There may be something in their snap shots that may hold a key element to pinpoint whoever's responsible.
"You catch things in video that might be in the background, that might not even been what you were videotaping or whatever. There could be information contained in those videos that citizens out there have that would provide some information law enforcement would need to be using that would be essential to their investigation," Rogers said.
The FBI in Boston has already received a tremendous amount of footage they will have to comb through it thoroughly. They say they've gotten over 2,000 tips and are working around the clock.
"So they do have different techniques and technology that they use to enhance that video and to make the best quality that they can. It's very important for the public to understand when you got that kind of video, you may have evidence that is needed in that case," Rogers said.
Rogers also added that we've come a long way since the 1990's with technology. She says your cell phone has now become another tool law enforcement depends on.