Chapter 4: Missing and Exploited
Children's Program


New Research Findings About Child Homicides

MECP supports numerous research studies that address issues surrounding missing and exploited children. One of them, a 3-year research study of missing child homicides conducted by the Washington State Attorney General's Office, found valuable new data with significant implications for law enforcement. The study examined 577 child abduction murder cases from 44 States.

Researchers interviewed investigators who had successfully closed missing child homicide cases and collected information about investigative techniques; media impact; victim typology and risk assessment; offender characteristics, including postoffense behavior; evidence collection; and the various evidence sites within a homicide incident. The report is available from the Washington State Attorney General's Office Homicide Investigation Tracking Office, 800-345-2793.

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OJJDP Annual Report August 1998