Mi. Cop-Killing Suspect Vanishes; 36 On The Hunt

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A team of 36 law enforcers has been unable to find Timothy Berner, the suspect in the June 4 killing of Sterling Heights, Mi., police officer Mark Sawyers, reports the Detroit Free Press. Twenty police detectives have been joined by 16 deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service collectively working 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the case. The car of Berner, 33, was spotted fleeing the scene; police said he wanted Sawyers’ handgun to rob banks.

Criminal justice experts say that even with instantaneous transmittal of news on television and the Internet, and despite high-tech tracking capability, it’s still possible to disappear in America. Brit Weber of Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice, an ex-state trooper, says that some suspects are caught in traffic jams or car accidents, or they show up at a relative’s house. Others run out of money, resurfacing in robberies or even applying for jobs. Barring that, he said, it’s relatively easy to vanish: “If people are really determined to hide, they can.”

Link: http://www.freep.com/news/locmac/hide9_20040709.htm

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