Episode 11

 “Anecdotal evidence…say 24, to 25,000 homicides a year. You can probably think that about 35 to 40% of those are likely family related., whether that’s domestic violence or, you know unfortunately a child death.”

Paul Belli


In this episode, we talk to Lt. Paul Belli, President of the International Homicide Investigation Association (IHIA) to learn more about the complexity of homicides investigation and in particular those which start as a missing person case. We explore what makes these cases so complex and unique, how law enforcement investigate these incidents and what resources are needed.


Paul Belli

Lieutenant Paul Belli retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office after 24 years serving in his last assignment as the Centralized Investigations Division assistant commander. In his tenure with the sheriff’s office, Lieutenant Belli served assignments as a patrol officer, field training officer, motor officer, firearms instructor, force options instructor, and Evoc instructor. Upon selection to detectives in 2008 Lieutenant Belli was assigned to the Sexual Assault and Elder Abuse Bureau before being selected to join the Homicide Bureau where he spent 7 years as a homicide detective. Upon promotion to sergeant, Lt. Belli was again assigned to homicide as the bureau supervisor. As a manager Lieutenant Belli served as a patrol watch commander, assistant commander of the Main Jail Division, and assistant commander for the Centralized Investigations Division.

Lieutenant Belli holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from CSU Sacramento, In addition to Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations certificates in Homicide and Narcotics investigations. Lieutenant Belli is a CAPOST instructor for the Officer Involved Shooting investigations course, a past committee member for the POST ICI Detective training symposium, Force Science Institute graduate, and the president of the International Homicide Investigators Association.


  1. International Homicide Investigators Association
  2. Statistics on Homicides