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NCJ Number: 156955 Find in a Library
Title: Missing and Presumed Murdered
Journal: ABA Journal  Volume:81  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:62-68
Author(s): S Weinberg
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: When a young Texan disappeared, he joined a phenomenon encountered by prosecutors and police nationwide: how to find justice when homicide is suspected but there is no victim to prove it.
Abstract: The Texan disappeared in 1981 and is among an estimated 21,000 persons throughout the United States who are missing and presumed murdered. Police officers and prosecutors need to work closely in missing persons cases in order to make a decision on how to handle such cases, as a missing persons matter or as a homicide investigation. Potential difficulties encountered when homicide is suspected in missing person cases are examined, and challenges associated with bringing a suspect to trial when there is no victim to prove homicide are discussed. 7 photographs
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Courts; Criminal investigation; Criminology; Homicide investigations; Missing person investigation; Victim identification
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