LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Irma Mkrtchyan has not been seen in seven months.
Metro is investigating the 46-year-old mother's disappearance as a homicide, but have not named a suspect or even a person of interest in the case. Her family claims they've been left out of the loop by detectives.
One of their biggest complaints is that Metro seized thousands of dollars of the family's property, and they want it back.
"I love her and I want her back. I want her to walk through that door," said Irma Mkrtchyan's daughter Diana Marutyan.
It has been a painful year for Diana Marutyan. Her mother Irma Mkrtchyan disappeared in January.
Since the time Metro has seized the family's belongings, including laptops, credit cards, and more than $70,000, they have tried to get back.
"There was a lot of criticism on the way these laws were set up 30 years ago," said attorney Phillip Kohn. Kohn doesn't represent the Marutyans or have any affiliation with this case, but after 22 years with Clark County and 10 years as its public defender, his experience gives him expertise into Metro's power in seizing property.
"I wouldn't recommend anyone attempt to try to get their property back without seeking counsel, and that can be expensive," Kohn said.
If seized items can be linked to a crime because of forfeiture law, Metro retains the proceeds as revenue.
"The fact that this is a homicide case makes this a lot more complicated," Kohn said. "If there is a death involved, there is no statute of limitations on murder."
As long as this is considered a homicide investigation and those items considered evidence, the items can remain in Metro's custody indefinitely.
"That evidence can be kept for as long as the case is pending, not just pending trial, pending the complaint, but pending the appeal," Kohn said. "And murder cases go on for a very long time."