Lathem was targeting certain facial structures he required to build his own 'perfect face'. He used his position at the Lower Term Department of Motor Vehicle to identify the victims he required. The Police Department were able to identify Geddes as the next victim during the course of their investigation. Detective Valerie Stahl and other officers were dispatched to Geddes' apartment to provide protection for him. Lathem spotted the plain clothes officer patrolling outside the apartment complex and did not make an attempt on Geddes. Lathem later committed suicide and the protection detail for Geddes was removed.