Susan Powell, 28, a Utah mother of two, has been gone since December 7, 2009. That fateful night, her husband Josh decided to take his sons on a midnight camping trip in the middle of a blizzard. He is the only "person of interest" in the case, but he and the boys now live in another state. Even though the husband's story is bizarre and unbelievable, and even though two fans were found blowing on a wet spot in his living room, I guess they don't have enough evidence, such as Susan's body, to persuade a jury to convict.
This is the reason I eventually realized, after repeatedly beating my head against a wall, that profilers and crime analysts need to be brought in early on in the investigation. Doing so would improve the analysis of cases and generate more leads while the evidence is still there to collect. "Early on" means within the first 24 to 48 hours, or at least within the first week or month. Detectives need more training in crime reconstruction and criminal profiling themselves so they can go ahead and do their own profiling work on their cases rather than bring in an outside profiler. Most departments are reluctant to bring in outsiders, which is why they wait so long to do it.
I'll be curious to see how many more unsolved cases you readers can come up with from the past 12 months of Nancy Grace shows. I listed seven. What's number eight? Number nine? Number ten?