Part III: Caylee Anthony Insights


Note: This is the third of a three part posting on items of interest from the Caylee Anthony investigation.

4. A Needed Investigative Tool: I think the development of some type of probability chart for investigators would be helpful for missing person cases that are believed to be homicide victims. As with the Anthony case and similar types of investigations gain more visibility in the media, the public becomes better informed and has greater expectations for authorities.

-Where are the remains of homicide victims most likely to be recovered: in submerged or in wooded areas, buried or covered?

-What is the median distance from the alleged crimes scene where victims are recovered?

-Does gender of the victim contribute to differences in where human remains are located?

-Does the type of crime or victim/suspect descriptors factor into where the body is recovered?


Police having access to data relevant to specific types of cases would help in planning the appropriate next steps--especially early in the investigation when time is critical.

Last year, I searched the academic literature for something on body recovery trends and found only one study. The research was conducted a few years ago by I believe Louisiana State University (I am still searching for the citation on this article), but unfortunately, their study simply examined a sample of bodies recovered and looked for trends. I believe the useful information gleaned from studying recovered body locations will be found when examining the specific factors mentioned above-—looking for relationships between data that included homicides and suicides without separating case types, would be make it very difficult to determine anything.

In contrast, if investigators coordinating searches for missing persons knew the percentages of where the victims of certain case types were recovered, it would help them to allocate resources more efficiently.

Here are the post links to Part I and Part II.

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