When can a victim's belongings be turned over to a family member after a homicide, suicide, or death investigation?
During a homicide investigation, most items and vehicles seized will be held until there is a final disposition in the case. The District Attorney's Office will then contact the detective in regards to the items of evidence that were seized. Most items will be released, but some may be retained for a period of time, at the discretion of the District Attorney's Office. Items taken into evidence during a suicide or death investigation likely will be held only until the Medical Examiner has made an official ruling on the cause of death. The detective assigned to the case will complete all of the appropriate paperwork and contact family members to release items once the case is closed. The Property Management and Evidence Control Division will also send a letter to notify the designated person that the property is available to be picked up.
Can I see a homicide detective if I come by CMPD Headquarters without an appointment?
Anyone wishing to speak to a detective about a particular case should call and make an appointment. Our detectives work rotating shifts and often are out of the office working ongoing investigations, conducting interviews, or involved in court proceedings.
For information about a particular case, the lead detective has the authority to determine what information can be released. It is important to make sure the lead detective is available before stopping by.
After a homicide occurs, detectives meet with the family of the victim to provide them with information and to give the family an opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Our detectives are sensitive to the needs of victims' families and will make themselves available any time the family needs to speak to them. If you have trouble contacting a homicide detective, you can call 704-336-2311 and request to speak to the on-duty homicide sergeant.
How will I know when I need to be in court for any hearings involving my loved one's case?
There will be no need to go to court until an arrest is made in the homicide case. In the first few days after an arrest has been made, your point of contact will be the lead detective. He/she will notify your family of the arrest and explain what to expect concerning court appearances. Once the detective has had an opportunity to turn over the case information to the District Attorney's Office, a representative from their office will notify you of any court proceedings for which you need to be present.