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Investigative Strategies for Child Abduction Cases


Understand, recognize, and investigate cases involving missing and abducted children. Determine scope and scale issues and how to manage a missing or abducted child case. Explore crime scene evidence collection and processing, profiling suspects and legal issues, including search warrants and interrogation related to a missing or abducted child.

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Investigative Strategies for Child Abduction Cases



Day 1


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions


8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Family Perspective
How does the crime of child abduction affect the family? This presentation gives participants an opportunity to hear first-hand how family members cope with the pain and anguish of the search for an abducted child. Their experiences can help investigators improve their response to future cases involving missing and abducted children. This is why we are here.

9:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Family Abductions
This module is designed to meet the needs of the criminal investigator who is called upon to respond to missing/abducted children’s cases which involve family and non-family abductions. It will address the similarities and differences between the two types of cases and how the investigator should respond in each. The module will address the physical harm and traumatic effects to the child, parents and law enforcement personnel. Participants will learn the special skills necessary to evaluate, respond, recover and reunify abducted children with their families. The course will provide methods to understand and enforce criminal statutes, custody orders and help officers to avoid civil liability in these cases.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Planning / Initial Response
The critical first steps in responding to a missing child will often determine the outcome of a case. This block will give participants critical strategies for preplanning a response, the role of the first responding officers, and how to best utilize training and resources. The role of 911 will also be explored. A brief case study will also be used to highlight main topic areas relating to initial response.

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Child Abduction Investigations: Lessons Learned
A look at child abduction homicides in which the child victim was discovered within close proximity of the child’s home or abduction site. Participants will receive information regarding the statistical probability that an abducted child will initially be concealed, assaulted or murdered within close proximity of the abduction site. This review will demonstrate the importance of conducting a comprehensive investigation, and impart lessons learned. A final portion of this module will look at the effects that cases of this nature can have on the investigator, the department and the community.


Day 2


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Case Study and Investigative Management
This module uses the case study of the abduction and victimization of a child and the subsequent investigation, arrest, and prosecution of the person responsible for their death as a basis to examine investigative strategies and case management principles critical to the successful investigation of child abduction cases. Effective case management and lead tracking methodologies are stressed.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Digital Evidence Concepts and Social Media Investigative Strategies
This module will present the attendees with current information on how to identify and collect digital evidence from numerous sources to include: computers, devices, Internet Service Providers, cell phone service providers and third party applications. Participants will learn about current technologies and resources that may aid in their investigations of missing and abducted children. An overview of popular Social Media applications will be provided along with investigative tips for gathering evidence from these providers. A review of applications commonly used for Human Trafficking will be presented as well.


Day 3


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Investigative Response to High Risk Victims
The behavior of some victims puts them at significant risk for sexual exploitation, drug abuse, physical violence, and other troubling syndromes. Who are these high-risk victims, and what are the true costs of such risky behaviors? This module will demonstrate the cost of repeat runaway incidents and child victimization through prostitution to the victim, the victim’s family, and the agencies charged with protecting them. Special interview techniques and protocols, assessment tools, and community partnerships for dealing with this population will be described. The goal is to protect the child, curb risky behavior, and return valuable investigative time and resources to social service agencies.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Interviewing Adolescent High Risk Victims
Adolescents engaged in high risk situations/behaviors are arguably the most challenging to interview and identify their exploitation. High Risk Victims generally do not self-report, but are recovered in situations that point to exploitation. It is imperative that exploitation be identified in order to begin services for the victims and hold their exploiters accountable. Participants will be provided with information that will enable them to develop a practical interview plan for the High Risk Victim recovery interview. This will include preparation for the interview, establishing rapport with an uncooperative victim, identifying and overcoming common barriers, and compartmentalizing complex information about multiple exploiters.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Successful Interrogation Strategies
During this module participants will learn about issues that are important when developing an interrogation strategy. Jury perceptions of law enforcement and the interrogation process will be discussed as well as how to overcome negative perceptions. Typical themes used as rationales by exploiters will be discussed, as well as how they may lead to a confession. Officer testimony during court proceedings regarding the interrogation process will be discussed from a practical, experience based standpoint.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Corroborating the Investigation
Criminal cases involving children as victims are much different to present in court than cases with adult victims. To file and then prosecute a case with little or no corroboration places a burden on the victim which is unreasonable. Different corroboration methods will be presented from one party consent phone calls, to search warrants, to digital evidence. The presentation will be followed by an interactive case exercise during which participants will work through and apply corroboration techniques learned. A discussion will follow regarding the actual evidence that was gathered in the case.


Day 4


Time
Session

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Legal Issues
This module will analyze and compare two situations faced by law enforcement: the search for evidence under State and Federal constitutional warrant requirements, and the search and/or recovery of a missing child. In the latter case, obtaining a warrant might not be feasible because of the need for a quick response. Alternative techniques and legal theories will be discussed, which may help law enforcement to search for a child without applying for a warrant—even when a warrant could not have been obtained.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Long-Term Missing and Unresolved Abduction Homicides
This module will focus on the need for proper preservation of evidence so that a case can be reopened and solved years afterwards. Participants will learn how to work with the family of a missing child over the course of time, when to close a case, how to reopen a case when a new lead comes in, and what steps to take when reopening a case, such as rerunning DNA tests and updating a missing child’s picture using age progression techniques. The importance of maintaining positive contacts with retired investigators and journalists will be stressed.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Evaluations and Closing




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Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer
Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer This Web site is funded in part through grants from BJA, COPS, ​OJJDP, OJP, OVC, SMART, and U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).​