By Scott Hunter
December 4, 2003
Dougherty County--The ongoing search for a missing North Dakota college student continues to make national headlines. In October an Albany woman disappeared from her home and police pleaded for the public's help in finding her. Right now the G-B-I is investigating 11-missing persons cases some going back ten years. How do investigators find people who seem gone without a trace?
And point Z for investigators is family, friends and co-workers. They say these people would know a missing person's behaviors , habits and where they were last seen.
"Because we don't know yet if there is foul play we would then obtain a search warrant for your apartment to see if there were any problems there,"says Dodd.
When in an apartment investigators look for everything from cell phone records, drug prescriptions to computer files.
"We will go into the computer if we can and look for any emails any correspondence with chat rooms," says Dodd
But every case calls for different techniques. In some cases investigators may use web sites, traditional police searches or police snitches.
" We can use confidential informers on the street to help locate you," he says.
The methods usually work to help investigators close most of these, all too common cases.The Dougherty county Sheriff's Department currently has no open missing person cases. They say almost all of the cases are usually resolved within one week.
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