"The old days of keeping the seized properties long gone due to budget
It is called an "Asset Forfeiture Program" and a friend of mine was asked to take one over for a fairly large county. They don't auction
ANYTHING off unless they can find no need for it. The cars go to undercover operations, so the undercover road units and plainclothes officers can show up in almost anything, without being recognized. The boats go similarly to conservation and wildlife agents who prefer to sneak around, or to further drug enforcement setups.
Auctions? Budgets? Hell it costs less to use a seized Formula or Cigarette boat for six months than it does to BUY a new one for the same operations. And if the "seized asset" gets trashed along the way? Much less paperwork to fill out.
As to "missing persons"...there has long been a great deal of debate about that. Even the Fed is uncertain, but pretty sure, that at least 100,000 people "disappear" in the US by their own choice, with no foul play. Some of them are runaways. Some are fleeing abusive spouses, others hiding from debt collectors.
My friends husband became a missing person. He was a licensed professional, who one day cleaned out the bank accounts and ran away with his mistress, to the total surprise of all. She spent ten years trying to locate him and get some of the assets back, and despite his profession requiring licensing, and presumably his social security
number paying taxes
, no trace of him was ever
He just left, no one put a hit out on him. No one serial
No solid numbers exist on how "missing" persons really break down, but real criminal hits? Fuggedabouddit. One that leaves no trail behind, costs a freaking lot of money
. You can't just pay a grand to two thugs in a waterfront bar anymore to make a body disappear.
Yes, I have long-term friends in parts
of the criminal justice systems. They're not happy about it either.