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Murder cases without body difficult, not impossible, for prosecutors
Baltimore County attempting to win third unique case in recent years
Updated: 6:40 AM EST Nov 15, 2016
Travis Eugene Elleby, 30, is charged with murder in the 2010 death of his girlfriend Cherice Ragins.
TOWSON, Md. —
Cherice Ragins left her Baltimore home on Feb. 19, 2010.
The 24-year-old Baltimore woman was never seen or heard from again.
More than six years have passed, with friends and family wondering what happened to Ragins. That question has yet to be answered, but police and prosecutors now believe that they at least have an idea of the last person to see Ragins alive.
Travis Eugene Elleby, 30, was indicted in September by a Baltimore County grand jury on first-degree murder charges in connection with Ragins’ death. Elleby is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Ragins’ body has never been found.
Law enforcement officials admit that it is rare to pursue a murder case against a defendant when there is no body to confirm a death.
“You’re in a position of trying to prove a negative,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said. “It also takes more time than a traditional murder case because you need to show that the person is likely dead and there’s no other conclusion of what happened to that person other than that they are dead.”
Posted by Thomas A. (Tad) DiBiase, The No Body Guy