True crime is having a renaissance. From hugely popular documentaries like Making a Murderer and The Staircase taking over Netflix, to podcasts such as Serial and S-Town, people can’t seem to get enough of real-life murder and mayhem.
So, when a member of the Washington State police force asked the internet for help in solving a fatal hit-and-run, it was the perfect opportunity for true crime buffs to shine.
Officer Johnna Batiste tweeted a photograph of a car part from an automobile believed to have killed a cyclist, asking people for any information on the accident. She also included a snap of the bike involved, which was badly damaged in the collision.
The roadway is open SR7/320th. Troopers and detectives are still looking for a black vehicle believed to be involved in this mornings tragic bicyclist fatality. If you know anything regarding this collision, please call the Washing State Patrol. pic.twitter.com/pafJLeh54i
— Trooper Johnna Batiste (@wspd1pio) August 9, 2018
Eventually, news of the Officer’s search reached Reddit, where users tried to track down the car part. It wasn’t long before an eagle-eyed redditor attributed the piece to a Chevy K-10 truck. A former Maryland state inspector, who goes by the username JeffNuts, identified the headlamp as a bezel belonging to a 1988 Chevy Silvarado, and within a few days an arrest for the crime had been made.
Officer Batiste tweeted the good news, and no one could believe the ex-inspector had solved the crime from just the one photo.
WSP detectives made an arrest today for Thursday’s fatal bicyclist hit and run in Eatonville. Reddit users identify a photographed broken car part as a mid 1980s Chevy truck headlight assembly. Local anonymous tip confirms and led to the arrest of a driver of an 1986 Chevy K-10. pic.twitter.com/WaIlkkClfr
— Trooper Johnna Batiste (@wspd1pio) August 14, 2018
When asked how he did, the redditor replied: