I have a character who's gone missing, no one knows where she is, etc. She's missing for about seventeen months before she resurfaces.
If a Missing Persons report is filed after she goes missing, when is it likely that she'd be officially declared dead by the police? Would it be within those seventeen months, or would it be later? Or would they do that at all?
Thanks in advance for the help!
ETA: The time and place are the Kansas/Missouri area, in the present. Since I seem to have forgotten to add that little detail...