Sheriff Wriggelsworth on evidence issue at ICSO: “It’s disheartening, you feel let down”

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MASON, MI (WLNS) – “It’s disheartening, you feel let down, but I assure you this, that we will thoroughly investigate this,” Ingham County Sheriff, Gene Wriggelsworth said.

Wriggelsworth is speaking to the evidence issue currently facing the sheriff’s office as the Michigan State Police launch an investigation.

Email documents obtained by 6 News show, law enforcement officials at the sheriff’s office were talking about an evidence issue dating all the way back to 2007.

Those emails reveal a number of things, including concerns over not notifying the prosecutor’s office.

Emails also reveal that evidence, including firearms, were never packaged, given a complaint number, or documented.

It appears there were talks over SANE kits, better known as rape kits that are said to be missing and never sent in for testing.

In addition, concerns over some of the missing forfeiture money, totaling thousands of dollars, was believed to have been embezzled by a former employee.

Sheriff Wriggelsworth did not disclose who it was, but did say the issue was thoroughly investigated.

“We brought in the state police to investigate it and we also brought in the Sheriff’s Association Mission Team who investigated it,” Wriggelsworth said. “We presented those findings to the prosecutor’s office and warrants were denied.”

Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said he’s limited in what he can comment on due to the State Police investigation, but he did say he met with MSP investigators Wednesday.

“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 and then I suspect we’ll both comment on it at the same time,” Sheriff Wriggelsworth said. “I don’t think that any agency wants to go through a situation we’re going through right now.”

Documents show that the sheriff’s office did an inventory audit of the evidence room back in 2014.

It’s important to mention, that just because the Michigan State Police is 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 took place.

Only time will tell what comes out of it.

 

6 News will continue to follow this developing story and provide updates as they become available.

 

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