The Tucson Police Department, still getting its feet wet with this social media thing, has started to dip its toes into deeper waters with its latest addition to Facebook: crime scene video.
This first clip of footage, narrated by TPD Sgt. Matt Ronstadt — who, for my money, is a dead ringer visually and audibly to Saturday Night Live veteran Chris Parnell — is from the scene of Tuesday night's "suspicious death" investigation on West Ajo Way. Police were called to an apartment complex after getting anonymous reports that a woman hadn't been seen in a month, and oh yeah, there's a really foul smell in the air.
(Update, 2 p.m.: TPD has arrested a 25-year-old man, Christopher Aguilar, on suspicion of concealing a dead body, and have officially deemed the case a homicide investigation. No word on who (or what gender) the body was.)
There's not much to see on the video, mostly panning of the complex's parking lot while Ronstadt narrates in his best "I want to be able to tell you more but I can't" tone, but at this point I think it's still a learning process. It's no CSI, but if it's well received (both in terms of YouTube hits — it had 41 as of 8 a.m. Wednesday — and top brass reception) we could be seeing more of this in the future.
So, that raises the question: will Ronstadt start appearing on camera, facing to the side, and then whip off his sunglasses before dropping a clever crime-related quip?
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