This presentation will discuss the Kelsey Smith abduction and murder case, which occurred in Kansas and received national attention. The case has been featured in multiple documentaries on national and international television most recently in December of 2019. It is presented in two parts. Part One is a case study of Kelsey's abduction and murder. It will highlight the use of technology in these types of cases and provide insights for investigators, forensic teams, and victim advocates. Part Two explains how the Kelsey Smith Act came about and provides case law supporting the Act, policy considerations, as well as best practices for cases that the Kelsey Smith Act may be used in. It is law in 26 states. This workshop will be streamed live as scheduled and also be recorded and available On-Demand from August 11, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
Analyze how the Kelsey Smith case impacted the use of technology in criminal investigations. (Part I)
Examine the role of homicide survivors in investigations and court actions. (Part II)
Define the purpose of the Kelsey Smith Act and discuss the case law that applies to its use. (Part II)
Analyze your agency's policy in regards to locating a wireless device or, in the absence of such policy, construct a policy based on best practices. (Part II)