first_imgMurdered: Arlene ArkinsonThe Arlene Arkinson inquest has been told police were at a disadvantage in their investigation due to the length of time it took to report the school girl missing.The Castlederg teenager disappeared in 1994 after a night out in Bundoran. Her body has never been found but an inquest is going ahead into her death. Retired police officer Brain Lavery reviewed the investigation for the National Crime Faculty.He said the chances of finding a missing person alive after 24 hours was “very slim”. The inquest was told the police were “unfortunately playing catch up”.Arlene Arkinson was reported missing four days after she disappeared. She went missing on 14 August 1994 after a night out. Child killer Robert Howard – who frequented Donegal and lived for a time in Letterkenny – was with her that night.Barrister for the PSNI, Kevin Rooney QC, told the court that research formulated in 1999 showed 96 percent of children who disappeared were killed within the first 24 hours, while 76 percent were killed within at least six hours of when they were last seen.The barrister also highlighted that the chances of prosecution were significantly reduced if an arrest was not made within 48 hours and a body was not found.Arlene was last seen with the convicted child killer Robert Howard who died in prison last year.He was found not guilty by a jury which wasn’t told of his previous conviction for killing a child.The inquest has already been told that police had suspicions that Howard buried Arlene in a forest near Pettigo.MISSING GIRL INQUEST TOLD COPS WERE BEHIND BECAUSE OF DELAYS was last modified: April 20th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arlene Arkinsonbundorandonegalinquestlast_img

MISSING GIRL INQUEST TOLD COPS WERE BEHIND BECAUSE OF DELAYS

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