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Tacoma: Outsider’s review of Tacoma Police’s investigation of Zina case expected today

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Sep. 13, 2011 at 11:48 am with No Comments »
September 13, 2011 11:48 am

An outside expert’s report on the Tacoma Police Department’s investigation of the Zina Linnik abduction and murder case four years ago is expected to be released today, city officials said.

The report by Mark Simpson, a retired Arlington, Tex., police sergeant-turned-consultant who specializes in investigative techniques for child abduction cases, is set to be discussed at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole at 3 p.m.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who spearheaded Simpson’s hiring for the third-party review, this morning declined to give advance details of the report’s findings, noting several council members have yet to review the report.

Strickland announced in May the city would hire an outside expert to review Zina case, amidst new details that emerged from public records about the department’s delay in issuing an Amber Alert following the girl’s abduction.

The city formally hired Simpson in June under a contract to pay him no more than $50,000 plus expenses. (We’ve asked the city for the actual costs for Simpson’s work and will include updates as the story develops.)

(For more background about the review and controversies that arose out of it, see our previous reports here, here and here.)


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