What “Active Investigation” Means…And May Suggest.
As promised, MPD Chief Cathy Lanier was the guest on WTOP’s “Ask The Chief” morning program. You can catch the whole thing here.
About eight minutes in, “Craig” phoned with this question:
Craig: A couple of weeks ago you said that this was still an active investigation; I’m just wondering if you can comment on that a little bit, whether or not evidence is still being collected and processed, if suspects are being interviewed, and just if you’re able to characterize how the investigation is going on the MPD end right now.
Lanier: “Sure, obviously there is very little that I can say. But when I refer to a case and stay it’s still a very active investigation that’s exactly what it means.
There’s still a lot of investigative work that’s going on as well as processing of evidence. As you, I’m sure know, there was a lot of evidence that was collected from that scene and that takes a lot of time.
So there’s still a lot of activity on the case, I know the detectives are still working very hard as well as on the forensics side, so because it is ongoing it is very difficult for me to go beyond that in the comments.”
This may be Chief Lanier’s most extenstive public statement to date on the Wone case. But what was she really saying?
“There’s still a lot of investigative work that’s going on as well as processing of evidence.” The word “process” here seems to speak more to forensic analysis than actual investigation. For example, could she be referring to the drop of blood found on the blanket in Dylan Ward’s bedroom? The hair found in the guestroom that doesn’t match any of the three housemates? New tests on the last remaining cc’s of Robert’s blood?
“…there was a lot of evidence that was collected from that scene…” Weeks of evidence apparently, leaving the house largely a wreck. But how much potential evidence – like Robert’s BlackBerry – was overlooked, and how much more was ruined because of poor procedures – such as the mistakes made with Ashley’s Reagent?
“…I know the detectives are still working very hard as well as on the forensics side…” This is the first and so far only reference to any actual detective work continuing. Could this include further interviews with Swann Street housemate Sarah Morgan, or brother Michael Price? Discussions with colleagues at IDFA, Arent Fox or Equality Virginia?
What could detectives possibly be uncovering now that three years of work before missed?
-posted by Doug