Sheriff's Office joins Facebook, updates website

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Leonard Collins, chief deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, scrolls through the updated website at The Sheriff's Office has also joined Facebook to better inform the public about certain open cases. Jason Johnston

Epperly hopes for more help from public in solving cases

The Barry County Sheriff's Office updated its social media presence within the last two weeks to establish a better relationship with the public.

"We rely on the public's help to help solve cases," said Sheriff Mick Epperly.

The Sheriff's Office joined Facebook Aug. 20. It updated it's 4-year-old website, which went operational Aug. 21, to make the site more user-friendly. The Facebook page and the website ( are interfaced with each other. The website also allows residents to receive alerts on their mobile phone or by email.

The alerts include the updated inmate roster with booking photos, personal views from the sheriff, updated information about the area most wanted and sex offenders and press releases with photos of suspects and possible crime scene photos., a division of Brooks Jeffrey Marketing Inc. based in Mountain Home, Ark., built the webpage.

The Sheriff's Office has used it's Facebook page to inform the public about certain open cases.

On the page, the Sheriff's Office has asked for the public's help in identifying a vehicle that was allegedly involved in a theft of property case at New Site Baptist Church in Monett on Aug. 17. The suspects are believed to have stole items from one of the church vehicles. The page shows four photos from a security camera.

The church bus had a radio stolen out of it, Epperly said.

The Sheriff's Office also has asked for the public's help in identifying a female subject who was allegedly involved in a property damage case at the Rapid Roberts in Shell Knob on June 22. The page shows three photos from a security camera.

No arrests have been made in both cases, Epperly said.

He said he wants the Facebook page to be positive.

"If it gets negative in any way, then it could be discontinued," Epperly said.

Anyone with information about the cases may message the Sheriff's Office or call 417-847-6556.

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