SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Even before all expenses are tallied, the Lori Hacking Murder case cost law enforcement agencies more than three-hundred-thousand dollars and exhausted nearly all of the state's budget for D-N-A tests and on-scene hours for forensic experts.
That's according to an analysis published in The Salt Lake Tribune.
However, the figure doesn't include the combined salaries of officers who searched for the woman allegedly killed by her husband or homicide detectives who put together the case, which could cause costs to skyrocket.
Lori's husband Mark Hacking initially reported his wife missing after a morning jog on July 19, but allegedly confessed later he shot her in the head as she slept and put the body in a trash bin.
The body was found in a landfill on the 33rd working day of a search of 4,600 tons of garbage early last month.
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