25.00.120     RETURN OF PROPERTY         (CALEA 84.1.1)

 

All items of property and/or evidence will be returned to their rightful owners, auctioned, traded, converted, donated or destroyed within six months of such items clearance for final disposition.

 

Wherever possible, and with the approval of the Prosecuting Attorney, property being held for evidence should be photographed and released to the owner.

 

Return to Owner – Notice

 

Property that is not being held as evidence and is legal to possess, will be returned to the owner without delay.  Written notice of its availability for release will be sent to the owner.  Should the owner fail to reclaim the property within 60 days from the date of written notice, the property may be classified as unclaimed property and disposed of in accordance with Chapter 63.32 RCW.

 

Owner Unknown - Retention Time

 

Property that is not being held as evidence, has no known owner, and is legal to possess will be held in custody for 60 days after which it will be classified as unclaimed property and disposed of in accordance with Chapter 63.32 RCW.

 

Release of Evidence - Owner Known

 

The property may be returned without waiting 60 days after the date of final disposition of the case.  Written notice to the owner will be provided as required in IV.C. of the Property and Evidence Manual.  An owner’s failure to respond to the written notice within 60 days will result in the property being classified as unclaimed property and disposed of in accordance with Chapter 63.32 RCW.