Dutch Police Create Deepfake Video of Murdered Boy In Hope of New Leads

Dutch Police Create Deepfake Video of Murdered Boy In Hope of New Leads
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Dutch police have received dozens of leads after using deepfake technology to virtually bring to life a teenager almost two decades after his murder. Sedar Soares was shot dead in 2003 while throwing snowballs with friends in the parking lot of a Rotterdam metro station. The 13-year-old’s murder baffled police for years. Now, with the permission of Sedar’s family, they have made a video in which the teen asks the public to help solve the cold-case crime.

In what Dutch police believe could be a world first, an eerily lifelike image of Sedar appears in the video as he greets the camera and picks up a football. Accompanied by stirring music, he walks through a guard of honor on the field, comprising his relatives, former teachers and friends. “Somebody must know who murdered my darling brother. That’s why he has been brought back to life for this film,” a voice says, before Sedar stops and drops his ball. “Do you know more? Then speak,” Sedar and his relatives and friends say, before his image disappears from the field and the video gives the police contact details. Dutch police have posted the deepfake video on YouTube. You can also watch the making of the video in the documentary “Speak! Now!”

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