JMO, but I'm not mad at the officer for not looking inside the suitcase in the trunk. He was called to check for a runaway, a non emergency. There was no reason to think, at the time, that GS was a victim of a violent crime. I also wonder if going further in the search, opening personal effects would normally need a warrant due to the 4th amendment? Obviously hindsight is 20/20 and the officer is probably very upset at himself for not discovering the body sooner. That would certainly cut me up, if it were me. I don't see it as incompetence , though. If that makes sense?