Cranston Police Using Facebook to Investigate Cold Case Murder

Donna Fisher was murdered in 1986 and Cranston Police are taking a new approach to solving her case.

In 1986, Cranston resident Donna Fisher, 38, was murdered. The case remains unsolved.

Now, Cranston Police are trying to generate new leads and they're taking a new approach — Facebook.

The Cranston Police Department has set up a Facebook Page in the hopes of generating new leads or finding out new information about Fisher's life leading up to her death.

Det. Jaime Cahill of the Cranston Police Department is leading the investigation.

"I am asking that anyone with any information about Donna Fishers death or anyone who may have knowledge about her personal life leading up to her death to please contact me," Cahill said. 

Cahill can be reached through the Facebook page or by calling 401-477-5041.

Fisher's son, Bobby Fisher, told the Providence Journal that the family is looking for closure.

"I want to know who did it," he said. "I'm never going to get any answers as to why."

Fisher was strangled in her Edgewood house on Dec. 5. She died at the hospital three days later — on her 39th birthday, which happens to be today, Dec. 8.

Today, friends and family continue to mourn on the day she'd have turned 65.

"What a joy this would have been," a cousin said on the Facebook page. "One big party and your smile that lit up a room!!"

Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo said the Facebook page is a new approach police departments across the country have used with some success.

"I'm optimistic it will lead to something we didn't have before," Palombo said.


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