FBI turns to electronic billboards to catch fugitives

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI is taking its effort to catch fugitives on the road in the form of electronic billboards.

Faces of criminals on the run are being posted on roadside billboards in 20 major cities.

It's part of a bigger effort to catch fugitives that includes postings on the FBI's Web site. An FBI spokesman says even though "the Web site gets millions of hits a month," the billboards have the benefit of reaching commuters and shoppers.

This week the billboards have featured alerts for Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean (SEH'-sahr LOHR'-ee-uhn), who's suspected of killing a 20-year-old pregnant Marine last month.

The signs are owned by Clear Channel Communications, which is donating space on the billboards. Fugitive faces are shown on a rotating basis for up to two minutes at a time.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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