The latest assistance is placing of information about the open cases on the web site operated by the television show “America’s Most Wanted.”
Producer Jenna Naranjo said that while it has yet to be determined if the cases will be featured on the air, they will be posted on the web site.
She said that such postings have helped solve numerous cases, though obviously those featured on the air get more attention.
The television show normally deals with cases in which a known suspect is featured. As far as is know, there is not yet a suspect in the seven Jeff Davis cases.
But Naranjo said the show has helped to apprehend previously unidentified criminals with the help of tipsters.
Sheriff Ricky Edwards said that the show began contacting him last November and that they have been in contact more frequently since January.
A Multi-Agent Investigative Team was formed by Jeff Davis and surrounding area authorities in December to augment the investigation and they have established a hotline - (337) 824-6662 - for anyone who may have a tip . They have been working to form a web site of their own; however, it is not quite ready to go online.
Both Edwards and Naranjo stated that if the case were featured on the show, it would be more effective once a suspect is named.
Some of the victim’s family members said that they had been seeking more national attention about the case for some time and were told by “America’s Most Wanted” officials that Edwards wasn’t interested in cooperating with the show.
Edwards and Naranjo denied the charges, with Edwards saying that he would never turn down any assistance from the media in solving the crimes.
Edwards has been accused in the past of not pursuing the cases to the fullest due to the fact that each of the victims led what have been perceived as “dangerous lifestyles.” All seven of the victims have been associated with prostitution and/or drug use in the Jennings area.
Edwards has vehemently denied such allegations.