Shallow Grave Off Freeway; Unidentified Remains Discovered Off Freeway 105 In California
A shallow grave off freeway 105 in Downey, Calif. caused major traffic snarls on Monday morning. But the traffic woes don't compare to the problems facing investigators who are tasked with figuring out who is buried in the shallow grave off the freeway and how the victim ended up there in the first place. According to the LA Times, a California Highway Patrol deputy found the grave and notified local police, but it is not known how the officer located the shallow grave or what led to the officer being there in the first place. Downey Police Department homicide detectives have since taken over the investigation into the origins and motive behind the shallow grave off freeway 105.
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Authorities have not named a suspect or divulged any pertinent facts to the press about the details surrounding the shallow grave off freeway 105. The Examiner is reporting that the shallow grave was discovered in the vicinity of Bellflower Boulevard, and that a homeless encampment is set up nearby.
So, who could the potential victim be that was discovered in the off freeway 105?
According to State of California Department of Justice there are more than 25,000 active missing persons cases in the state. The National Institute of Justice reports that there are usually as many as 100,000 missing persons cases active nationwide. Although the shallow grave off freeway 105 had remains inside, the NIJ reports that oftentimes such discoveries lead to burials without concern for gathering forensic evidence.
"Efforts to solve missing persons cases are further hindered because many cities and counties continue to bury unidentified remains without attempting to collect DNA samples. And many labs that are willing to make the effort may not be equipped to perform DNA analysis of human remains, especially when the samples are old or degraded," writes Nancy Ritter in the NIJ Journal.
It may never be known who is in the shallow grave off freeway 105 or why he/she was buried there. The story serves as a stark reminder that there are victims of violent crime every day and that, despite their best efforts, law enforcement officials don't always have the resources they need to ultimately serve justice.
Anyone with any information relating to the shallow grave off freeway 105 should contact the Downey Police Department.
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