Wednesday, November 25, 2009
WORLD'S WORST PHOTO-FIT GETS THE GUY
Bolivian police managed to track down a man wanted for murder even though they were working from what has been described as the world's worst photo-fit. At least one suspect was arrested following the release of the photo-fit, left. Though, in keeping with Bolivian laws, he could not be identified. Instead, media sites blocked his face with images of the bizarre photo-fit. A taxi driver, named in Bolivian media as Rafael Vargas, was murdered in what police said was either a drugs-related hit or a crime of passion. In March, police found his body, which had been stabbed 11 times before being burnt. Officials issued an appeal for help, and one neighbour drew a picture of what she believed the suspect looked like - though many other people have said her drawing resembles nothing more than the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. The picture, more reminiscent of a child's school drawing than a piece of forensic evidence, consists of a pair of eyes, lopsided lips, a broomstick-shaped nose, and straight eyebrows topped with hair resembling a thatched roof. A newsreader presenting the image on Bolivian television has become a Youtube sensation. And while viewers have ridiculed the crudely-drawn image, it reportedly helped police arrest a suspect. At least one suspect was arrested following the release of the photo-fit. Though, in keeping with Bolivian laws, he could not be identified. Instead, media sites blocked his face with images of the bizarre photo-fit.