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Shot in the Dark: A Cold Case Homicide in the Digital Age
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Duration: 2.5 Hours

Recorded on February 9, 2021

This training is intended for U.S. Criminal Justice Practitioners. Please register using your agency-issued email

Just a mile away from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a woman is shot during a nighttime stroll in a public park.  It's the latest in a bizarre series of events, three years into a five-year missing persons investigation.  Closing the case will take years of work, dozens of search warrants, and two weeks of testimony.

This presentation will provide a case study of the investigation and prosecution of a no-body homicide.  Getting to the verdict took thousands of hours of digital forensics to help prove premeditation and tie the killer, who hid themselves using VPNs and proxies, to years of online impersonations of their victim.

Presented by:
James Doty, Sergeant Investigator, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office
Ryan Avis, Deputy, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office
Anthony Kava, Digital Forensics Examiner/Special Investigator, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office

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