Homicide and missing person cases many times involve the disappearance of a vehicle related to the investigation. This paper will address the points an investigator must consider when searching for or trying to identify the location of a vehicle related to a case.
One difficulty in developing information on this topic is that while states have regulations regarding towing and impounding vehicles, local jurisdictions can also regulate vehicle towing and impounds through their city ordinances and codes. It would be impossible to include all of these regulations in a paper such as this, but it should give a researcher a better understanding of the process. This will allow the researcher to concentrate efforts more specifically in a jurisdiction they may be researching.