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Investigation of suicide, Vermont Police Academy

PITTSFORD/CORNWALL - The Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council (VCJTC) initiated a personnel investigation at the Vermont Police Academy on Jan. 7 which resulted in the seizure of four computers. The personnel investigation focused on electronic communication between staff members to include Director R.J. Elrick and Training Coordinator Dave McMullen of Cornwall.

Personnel matters are confidential by law and policy and we are unable to comment in any more detail.

During the week of Jan. 11, 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 Jan. 15, Vermont State Police investigators applied for and were granted a search warrant for McMullen's residence in Cornwall. The search warrant was executed on the evening of Jan. 15 and items from the home were seized. These items are in the process of being submitted for forensic computer analysis.

On Jan. 16, at approximately 10:20 a.m., McMullen was found dead behind a maintenance shed located on the property of the Vermont Police Academy. McMullen's death appears to be a suicide. His body has beed sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington 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 Vermont 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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