AN UNUSUAL WAY TO SOLVE MURDERS -- ROADSIDE BILLBOARDS
ON ABC NEWS� �20/20,� FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
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Can billboards help solve murders? One grieving father in Kansas says they can, and a growing number of police departments agree. A father desperate to find the person responsible for his 19-year-old daughter�s murder would not rest until he helped track down the killer. Roger Kemp�s daughter, Ali, was brutally beaten and murdered in June 2002, and even though dozens of detectives were on the case and the family offered a generous reward, none of the numerous leads the police received led to the killer. Then Kemp turned to a roadside billboard for help. A composite sketch of the alleged killer was posted on a billboard on a high-traffic street. Someone driving by the sign phoned in a tip leading police to the suspected killer who was hiding out 1300 miles away. Don Dahler�s report airs on �20/20,� FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Until this case, billboards had been used for missing persons, but not for a murder case. �When Roger came to me and said, �what do you think?�� I thought -- that's perfect. It'll be awesome, because a newspaper, you read it, it's tossed in the trash. Television, it's aired, it's gone. Billboard, it sits there 24 hours, seven days a week,� says Major Craig Hill, the lead detective on the case. Because of the successful outcome, Kemp started a crusade to use billboards to catch other killers, and it has caught on in other states, including New Jersey and Louisiana.
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Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel anchor �20/20.� David Sloan is the executive producer.