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By Ashley Yarchin

ST. LOUIS, Mo.(KSDK) - Many have wondered: why did it take so long for authorities to find Ebony Jackson's car and her body? NewsChannel 5 went to St. Louis University's law school to ask the experts.

"We were already discussing it this morning in the clinic before I spoke with you," said Susan McGraugh, an associate clinical professor of law at St. Louis University, about the investigation into the woman whose body was found Tuesday in the trunk of her own car.

She's followed Jackson's story since day one, last Friday, when her three-month-old son was found alone in an apartment building's hallway in Breckenridge Hills.

"To be candid, I wondered if race played a role because I wondered if this was a child who was not a child of color, if it would've been treated more like a missing person than an abandoned baby," McGraugh said.

The Breckenridge Hills police chief denies such allegations.

After relatives finally identified the child, McGraugh wondered why it took four full days to get a warrant from Colorado, where the car was brought, to have the dealer activate its GPS tracking system.

"The lesson would be we need to find a way for courts and police officers to communicate across state lines in a better manner," she said.

Another hold up: getting a warrant in Missouri to get into the car once it was tracked down. In that case, McGraugh said police did the right thing.

"Because so much time had already passed, they thought it best to get a search warrant, and that's the way it should be done," she went on to say.

Under the Constitution, evidence found in there without a warrant would not likely be admissible in court.
But bottom line is that the professor believes what and the family sure of - time was wasted.

McGraugh added that she commends authorities' choice to tow the car to a more sterile location before securing that warrant and searching the vehicle.