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Four Unique Apps for Data Collection

Four Unique Apps for Data Collection

There are numerous resources for online sleuthing, but before you get sucked into an internet rabbit hole. Consider these other resources to conduct your own research or validate leads sourced during crowdsolving, and add to your virtual toolbox. Measure This handy...

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Using the Public to Find Answers

Using the Public to Find Answers

If you're driving in Olympia, Washington you'll see this billboard. For 14 years, Karlee Bodine has been searching for answers in the murder of her mother, Karen Bodine. In her latest effort to get her mother's case front and center, Karlee has purchased a billboard...

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A Critical Eye: The Key to Case Development

A Critical Eye: The Key to Case Development

Forensic photography uses images to document crime scenes and support facts in a court proceeding. These photos are critical for cold cases, as many are the only evidence to survive years of dormant attention. Evidence can be categorized into the following broad...

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Where to Start When a Person Goes Missing

Where to Start When a Person Goes Missing

Every year, more than 600,000 people go missing in the United States, ranging from young children to older individuals. Not only that, but it is currently estimated that nearly 4,400 unidentified bodies are recovered each year. Roughly 25% remain unidentified after...

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Acronym List for Citizen Detectives

Acronym List for Citizen Detectives

As a Citizen Detective, your work will be online, and chatrooms, message boards, and Reddit threads are the perfect place to find leads and meet others working on the same case—or others who may be connected. Here is a list of acronyms that you may find helpful in...

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Google Like a Pro: Tips and Tricks for Searching Online

Google Like a Pro: Tips and Tricks for Searching Online

While some of these recommendations may seem basic, but Google is the best search tool to start with for online research. Utilizing this step-by-step overview of how to master searching will help you better identify topics and terms for looking for more information....

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Five Ways A Cold Case Reopens

Five Ways A Cold Case Reopens

With nearly a quarter of a million cold cases still unresolved in the U.S., there are a number of reasons cold cases are reopened by law enforcement. In a study released by the National Institute of Justice, the following reasons are identified as the primary...

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Ethical Practices For Researching Cold Cases

Ethical Practices For Researching Cold Cases

In 1965, the murder clearance rate was 91%. Since then, it has dropped to 62% as of 2017. These are not just statistics, they are people; people who have families and loved ones for whom the case has never been cold. A study released by the National Institute of...

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Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders

Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders

In case you missed it, the recent doc Down The Hill: The Delphi Murders investigative documentary tracked the still unsolved murder case of Abby Williams and Libby German in Delphi, Indiana. We had the opportunity to talk with the HLN's Barbara McDonald, host, and...

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