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Records suggest Lakewood connection

Post by News Tribune Staff on April 15, 2009 at 8:37 am with No Comments »
April 15, 2009 8:37 am

Child Protective Services records obtained by the attorney representing the family of Zina Linnik, who was killed in 2007, shows his request for documents in the possession of the Lakewood Police department is not unreasonable.

In a story in today’s paper, attorney Tyler Firkins said his request for the documents was denied on the grounds it might jeopardize another homicide case. Lakewood Police Lt. Heidi Hoffman said Lakewood wasn’t involved in the 2004 referral and previous news coverage indicated it had been looked into by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Documents provided to the TNT, however, show Lakewood is mentioned several times in the records. The girl who had allegedly been sold or traded to Zina’s killer, Terapon Adhahn, was thought to have been living at a Lakewood address. “The worker let the (tipster) know that a copy of this information will be sent to law enforcement in the area that serves the above address,” it says. Another FBI document from 2007 mentions that a “report was filed with Lakewood PD in January, 2004…”

Another document from the Department of Social and Health Services cleaves to previous news reports, saying “The Information Only referral was changed to a Third Party report and was sent to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.”

Zina Linnik
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