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A prime suspect is the person who is considered by the law enforcement agency investigating a crime to be the most likely suspect.

There are various reasons a person may be considered a prime suspect. These include:

  • Being positively identified as the only person seen at or near the scene of the crime around the time the crime occurred
  • Being linked by some form of forensic evidence, such as DNA
  • Being named by witness(es)
  • Having the most likely motive to commit the crime
  • Having knowledge that one who committed such a crime would require
  • Having a history of committing crimes with some resemblance
  • Having confessed to the act. Confession does not necessarily equal guilt, since confessions may be made falsely or may be coerced.

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