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Missing College Students - Laws and Investigative Tips

 Date: June 15, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Location: Online


Course Description: 

Overview of current Federal and State laws pertaining to Missing College Student investigations.  Overview of resources to include the California Dept. of Justice Missing & Unidentified Persons Section, the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.  Case studies will be used to explain the need for laws and resources. 

By the end of this training, participants will:

1) Gain an understanding of both Federal and State laws as they pertain to Missing College Student Investigations

2) Summarize best practices and policies

3) Identify resources for both the school and the families

4) Review cases studies to understand what not to do through lessons learned


Megan Eschleman earned her M.S. in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven in 1999.  She started with the California Department of Justice as a crime analyst in 2002, working as the lead analyst in the Sex Offender Assessment Unit until 2009 when she became the lead analyst in the Missing and Unidentified Persons Section (MUPS).  In 2013, Megan received the Attorney General’s Award for Sustained Superior Accomplishment.  Megan took over the Supervisor roll in MUPS in 2014 and in 2017, she became the Manager over both MUPS and the Violent Crime Investigative Services Section.  She now also oversees the Investigative Services and Systems Support Program.  In 2019, she and the entire MUPS received the Attorney General’s Team Award for their work assisting in the identification of many of the Camp Fire victims.  

Megan has instructed at multiple P.O.S.T. certified courses on Missing Persons Investigations, Unidentified Persons Investigations, Missing College Students, and Child Abductions.  She is also a certified National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) instructor. Megan has been a member of the California Child Abduction Task Force since 2015, where she now serves as the Chair. 

Additional Information:

A link to join the webinar will be sent after you register.

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Produced by the Child Abduction Training Project  of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) in partnership with the California Child Abduction Task Force with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victim of Crime Act.