Missing Person or Homicide?


My colleague, Kim Anklin, heard a law enforcement official make a statement about a missing person’s investigation they were handling regarding the disappearance of a child. This individual was stating to the media that they were currently treating the case as a missing person’s case, but were also bringing in Cadaver dogs. Kim reacted to this statement by asking: “Once again so many of these types of cases center on the same theme, why can’t they treat a missing person’s case as a homicide until it’s proven otherwise?”

I think this raises a valid point. When an individual goes missing, especially a child, why not treat the case as a homicide until the evidence or facts prove differently. The protocols for a homicide investigation and a missing person investigation are different. Why not utilize the experience and expertise of a team of homicide investigators to conduct the investigation they same way they would if they had a body?  With their experience and expertise also comes the full resources of the department they work for. Maybe this would increase the chances of finding the missing person alive.

Of course many will argue this is an impossibility, citing budgetary issues, manpower, overtime and other already stretched thin resources. Believe me I have heard it all before as a former law enforcement officer and homicide detective. I do know from past experiences that missing person’s cases and homicides are not investigated the same way. However, perhaps we should take another look at how we investigate a missing person case.

Again this is just our opinion. What’s yours?


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President/CEO and Director of Investigations for Management Resources Ltd of New York

Posted in Criminal Defense Investigations
4 comments on “Missing Person or Homicide?
  1. Administrator says:

    From talking to countless family members of missing persons over the last few years, I must totally agree with your assessment. Missing persons cases are “back burnered” especially for adult men and teenage runaways.

    In my opinion, any child under age is an endangered missing person by the fact that they aren’t able to make decisions based on life experience. I understand the runaway dilemma, but, perhaps if we treated these cases with more urgency we would have less homicides to investigate, less human trafficking victims to rescue, therefore saving taxpayers tons of money.

  2. Silver says:

    Glad for this knowledge And I agree with Bob we need our law enforcement to think that way

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