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Suicide/Criminal Investigation


Vt. State Police - 3:55 pm Sat Jan 16th, 2010

The Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council (VCJTC) initiated a
personnel investigation at the Police Academy on January 7, 2010, which
resulted in the seizure of four computers.

The personnel investigation
focused on electronic communication between staff members to include
Director RJ Elrick and Training Coordinator Dave McMullen. Personnel
matters are confidential by law and policy and we are unable to comment
in any more detail.
During the week of January 11th the Vermont State Police initiated a
criminal investigation after a preliminary analysis of McMullen's
computer revealed it may have contained information of a criminal
nature.
The contents of the computer were then further analyzed, during which
time information indicating that potential child pornography was
accessed from an outside source by this assigned computer. The analysis
also indicated that similar material may have been linked to external
sources, to include a home computer.
On January 15, 2010 Vermont State Police Investigators applied for and
were granted a search warrant for the residence of David McMullen. This
search warrant was executed on the evening of the 15th and items from
the home were seized. These items are in the process of being submitted
for forensic computer analysis.
On Saturday, January 16, 2010 at approximately 10:20 hours, McMullen was
found deceased behind a maintenance shed located on the property of the
Vermont Police Academy. McMullen's death appears to be a suicide. His
body is being sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in
Burlington, Vermont where an autopsy will be performed.
McMullen's death is currently being investigated by State Police
Detectives from "D" Troop. McMullen will be transported to the VT Chief
Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy to determine cause and manner of
death.
This is an active and open investigation at this time.
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STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF STATE POLICE
ROYALTON BARRACKS
** PRESS RELEASE & PRESS CONFERENCE **
NOTE: There will be a press conference this evening at 5:30 P.M. at the
Rutland Regional Ambulance Service located on Stratton Road in Rutland
regarding the below matter. The Rutland Regional Ambulance Service is
located next to the Medical Center.
DATE OF RELEASE: January 16, 2010
INCIDENT: Suicide/Criminal Investigation
CASE #: 10C100265
INVESTIGATOR: Sgt. Mike O'Neil - Royalton Barracks
DATE & TIME OF INCIDENT: January 16, 2010 @ 10:20
LOCATION: Vermont Police Academy - Pittsford
DECEASED: David McMullen, age 44
Cornwall, VT

Relevant Address(es):
Rutland, VT 05701 (Set as Local)
Burlington, VT 05401 (Set as Local)
Pittsford, VT 05763 (Set as Local)
Cornwall, VT 05753 (Set as Local)
Stratton, VT 05360 (Set as Local)

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