The family of a missing person that supposedly might have drown under suspicious circumstances. The family received a Snapchat message from the girl's phone 3 weeks after she disappeared saying "he needs money". There was at least one other witness besides her mother. The mother would like the phone back so that she can verify her daughter's Snapchat. The police will not return it, but they have said that they think she has drown (so why keep the phone). There were 3 other bodies found in the water during the same time frame, but not her daughter's body. She wants to make sure she is not out there needing help. This is a case that has a lot of media attention, a Facebook support group for nearly 2,000 people and mother may be featured on more shows soon. Family has no money, crowd funding has been sparse, looking for attorney to represent family for pro bono, payment plan, sliding scale etc. I have a lot of other information that shows how suspicious the case is.
Yes, the police can keep items they believe may be helpful in resolving a suspicious matter.
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