(WLNS) – 6 News has learned that the Michigan State Police is conducting a criminal investigation into the evidence issue at the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office.
To give you a quick re-cap, 6 News told you a couple of weeks ago that the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office requested that the Michigan State Police conduct an independent audit of all the evidence kept at the sheriff’s office.
Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer told 6 News that MSP does not do audits; therefore, Michigan State Police will be conducting a criminal investigation
Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said police were at the sheriff’s office today, to start the early stages of it.
In the meantime, 6 News obtained email documents that show conversations between law enforcement officials regarding the evidence issue at the sheriff’s office.
In those emails, it appears that while many were aware that there was indeed a problem, some wanted to go to the prosecutor’s office, while others demanded the issue be kept quiet.
Just to mention a few, emails show that officials were aware of an evidence issue, dating all the way back to 2007.
In one email, a lieutenant wrote “We will not expose this to the prosecutor’s office…..if they don’t inquire, no harm done.”
Emails between officials also reveal concerns over some sane kits, better known as rape kits.
In one email it says “How should an agency handle sane kits that are in their evidence system, but can’t be located and never sent for testing.”
Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said he’s limited to what he can say regarding these emails, due to the fact that the state police are now investigating.
“Today, the investigators from the state police arrived and they’ve kind of outlined their plan for their investigation, so I’m not going to be able to comment until they get done,” Sheriff Wriggelsworth said. “I don’t think that any agency wants to go through a situation we’re going through right now. It’s disheartening, you feel let down, but I assure you this, that we will thoroughly investigate this.”
To be clear, just because the Michigan State Police will be conducting a criminal investigation into the evidence issue at the sheriff’s office, it does not mean that through the course of that investigation, they will find anything criminal.
Sheriff Wriggelsworth said he expects the investigation to last for several months.