Behavioral Patterns in the Body Disposals of Female Intimate-Partners

By: Dallas S. Drake and Rachel L. Thrasher

This 14-page research report is “law-enforcement sensitive,” meaning that it is not available to the general public. Based on 150 homicide cases where female intimates were murdered and then disposed of (and later found), this report lays out a detailed account of how offenders disposed of bodies or human remains. Common and uncommon patterns were identified and a strategy for how to use this information is included in the report. Results indicate a probability search area depending on various identified aspects of your current case. Cases included wives, estranged wives, ex-wives, girlfriends, estranged girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, and partners. In all cases a male offender killed a female intimate, and that victim was missing for 24 hours or more prior to being located.

To obtain a free copy of this report, contact the Principal Researcher at, or call 612-331-4820.  The report will be made available to city, county, state, or federal law enforcement investigators.