In 2003, 14-year-old Charlene Downes disappeared after a shopping trip in town with her sister. Now, 13 years later, her mother says investigators mishandled evidence and procedures at every step of the way that ultimately led to not being able to put a killer behind bars. Her mother is threatening to sue the department after video evidence recently surfaced that had been "lost" in police custody for over a decade indicating her daughter was murdered.
Charlene Downes. Charlene Downes was shopping with her sister in Blackpool city center on November 1, 2003. It was the last time she was seen alive by anyone.
Lost Evidence. The family of the deceased is threatening to file suit against the investigators for misplacing the surveillance video evidence for 13 years. Her mother, Karen Downes has stated the video shows the last few moments before her daughter went missing and should have been entered into evidence during previous court hearings.
Irresponsible Handling. In addition to court evidence, had the video surfaced earlier, it could possibly have been used to find the girl before she was murdered. "Why are they showing that footage all these years later when they could have used it to bring forward witnesses at the time?" Karen asked.