Verified Law Enforcement and SAR (UK)
- Aug 29, 2019
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Kidnap may be a no more than a person reported missing, who has not been seen for a few days, observed on CCTV being 'encouraged/helped/tricked/forced' to get into car by others. If there was known vulnerability at the time then this would add to the weight.Yes this could be a similar case to Richard but the 5 police arrests for suspicion of kidnap/murder suggest this is different. What sort of evidence would the police have to do this?
Think of Sarah Everard's sickening case. WC was originally arrested for kidnap, based on the bus CCTV images from Clapham.
In terms of the 'reasonable suspicion' of murder. This could be as basic as OD's mobile phone tracking matching those of the two suspects and then OD's phone being switched off and with no activity since.
Just a couple of scenarios. I suspect it will be a combination of CCTV, telecoms data, financial transaction data and possibly some witness statements placing OD with identified individuals around the time that she was last seen.
The evidence for arrests is no more than suspicion that an offence has been committed and that the officer suspects the arrested person of committing it.
It is nowhere near the weight of evidence needed for charge. It is merely to facilitate further investigation, searches, forensics, interview, IT interrogation etc.
The need for immediate arrest does have to be justified though.....as opposed to making an appointment to attend the police station on another day.