This really makes you wonder.
“Clive Steer, 39, from Guildford, spent 18 months on bail facing a bribery charge despite telling detectives when he was first interviewed that evidence proving his innocence could be found on his laptop.
The charge was eventually dropped in January 2018 after the laptop was released to Mr Steer and his lawyers, who found hundreds of emails supporting his case.”
There’s no information on what search terms were used by law enforcement, but it seems obvious that they didn’t listen to the person who actually owned the laptop and knew about the emails when it came to looking for them.
Just goes to show, no one knows the data better than the custodians, maybe it would be wise to actually talk to them about that.