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With "Late Edition Crime Beat Chronicles" we're presenting notable true crime stories, as reported by journalists for the dozens of various Lee-Enterprises owned publications from around America. For this latest season, we wanted to highlight a series from The Roanoke Times that was first reported and produced in 2018 by journalists Jacob Demmitt and Robby Korth. A five year old child went missing in Dublin, Virginia in the spring of 2015. When his body was discovered days later in the family's septic tank, the mother was put on trial both by the court system, as well as social media, where misinformation, accusations, and vengeance-fueled comments spread unchecked. It's a heartbreaking and tragic story, but Roanoke Times reporters Jacob Demmitt and Robby Korth went to great lengths to present an honest and well-rounded narrative that explores the ways a community failed one of their own while also touching on broader implications like the effects of facebook, the stigma of drug addiction in rural America, and the distortion of facts. Links: Roanoke Times reporters make podcast to revisit Noah Thomas case Photos: The search Photos: Noah's family Ashley White's handwritten statement If you appreciate what we're doing with this program, we encourage you to invest in local journalism and support The Roanoke Times, or whichever newspaper it is that serves your community. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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