(Memphis) The lead investigator working to solve the murder of a pastor and basketball coach is reaching out to the victim’s Facebook friends for answers.
Jimmy McClain knew a lot people around the country.
He was an assistant basketball coach, high school teacher and pastored churches in two different states.
That’s a lot of ground to cover and the lead investigator believes McClain’s Facebook might be the one place where most of them can be reached.
Lt. Kevin Helms never met Jimmy McClain but is now one of McClain’s 800 Facebook Friends.
The Shelby County detective used his law enforcement ties to void McClain’s privacy settings so he could interact with those who knew McClain.
“If we don't put that out there, what we're looking for, some people would never say nothing. They would sit in a room, they would talk to their friends and say oh, I heard this or I heard that and we never get the information,” said Helms.
Helms posted on McClain’s page in cases like this detectives need to know the victim.
In Jimmy’s case there are a lot of people to talk to and see.
“Jimmy appeared to be a very outgoing individual. He knew a lot of people. Preached in two different states at one time, in Mississippi and Arkansas, family in both,” said Helms.
Helms hopes one of these Facebook friends can fill detectives in on the last few months, weeks, and days of Jimmy’s life.
“We are looking for anybody who he might have confided in about disagreements or some sort of issue he had,” said Helms.
Helms insists investigators are not stuck but he says Facebook just gives him more access to information about the well liked, friendly guy, he was only able to befriend in death.
“Some people may pass information on to us that may be the clue that we need,” said Helms.
Lt. Helms knows some people may want to remain anonymous.
He says they can go in a set up a fake Hotmail or Gmail accounts and contact him that way.