Homewood police have switched from a missing person to a criminal case
in the disappearance of Nadia Kersh, 23, last seen Nov. 3, officials said Monday.
"We will have a suspect soon
, in my opinion," said Homewood Det. Sgt. Doug Finch. Police believe they have built a strong case against an Irondale man and acquaintance of Kersh questioned early on
. The man was held, but released for lack of evidence to make a charge, Finch said.
"We have good, strong information from witnesses," Finch said. "We have strong forensic evidence. It gets stronger as the days go by."
Asked why, with such strong evidence, the police have not charged the suspect, Finch said. "It's hard to charge homicide without a body."
Finch said he has not given up hope of finding Kersh alive. "You never want to give up hope. But it's been two weeks, and it doesn't look good."
Finch said the results of DNA analysis, which can take weeks, could be a key in the case. That analysis is being done at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va.
The Irondale man police believe to be a suspect has hired an attorney and has not talked to police since his release, Finch said. He declined to be specific about the man or his relationship to Kersh.