Police are still searching for answers in connection with a child pornography investigation at the Vermont Police Academy.
"At this point we don't have any information to indicate there was any child pornography on what we've examined so far," Vt. State Police Maj. Ed Ledo said.
Ledo says the investigation of former police academy trainer Dave McMullen could take weeks.
Autopsy results confirm McMullen shot and killed himself Saturday after becoming the target of a criminal investigation involving child porn.
"Nobody expected the suicide," Ledo said. "I didn't see that coming. None of the investigators did either, but as a result of that it makes you wonder. It makes us wonder. We're suspicious people anyway."
McMullen and several others at the academy were suspended last week during an unrelated personnel investigation. It was during that investigation that human resource workers came across two emails on McMullen's computer with titles suggesting child porn, prompting them to contact police.
"They were terms that you or any reasonable person would conclude this isn't right," Ledo said.
Police seized that computer and three others, as well as a computer and several items from McMullen's home. They also interviewed McMullen shortly before his death. But they say nothing major came to light during that interview.
"Nothing at all," Ledo said. "Nothing to confirm suspicions that there was porn. Had that been the case he would have been charged at that time."
Reporter Keagan Harsha: But he denied viewing child porn during that interview?
McMullen did leave behind two suicide notes for his family but police won't elaborate on what those notes said. In the meantime, forensics teams continue to analyze the computers searching for evidence. And police say that analysis could take more time than originally thought because one of the hard drives is severely damaged.
Friday, May 24 2013 2:59 AM EDT2013-05-24 06:59:12 GMT
Vermont State Police say the following roads have been closed due to flooding:UNDERHILL: VERMONT ROUTE 15, CILLEYHILL POKER HILL ROAD NORTH UNDERHILL STATION ROAD PAIGE ROAD DAUDLIN ROAD BROWNS TRACE,More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:52 AM EDT2013-05-24 04:52:17 GMT
Many Vermont roads turned to rivers Thursday night. Flash flooding made it difficult to get around. Route 15 in Underhill became a dead end -- between Poker Hill Road and Cilley Hill Road. Gushing waterMore >>
Many Vermont roads turned to rivers Thursday night. Flash flooding made it difficult to get around.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:44:21 GMT
New developments in a WCAX News investigation into a land deal between Gov. Peter Shumlin and an East Montpelier man. Jeremy Dodge's kids say the governor took advantage of their dad and they now planMore >>
New developments in a WCAX News investigation into a land deal between Gov. Shumlin and an East Montpelier man. Jeremy Dodge's kids say the governor took advantage of their dad and they plan to fight the governor for the property.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:00 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:00:29 GMT
Steve Stitzel is a lawyer with three decades of tax sales experience. His firm represents towns from Bennington to Newport. He says in recent years towns have gotten tough on tax collections. "BudgetsMore >>
There are several steps before a home is sold in a tax sale. Once it is sold, homeowners still have a year to try to get back their property. And many do find a way to pay their back taxes and stay put.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:57:59 GMT
Four colleges, including Dartmouth, are now facing federal complaints over their handling of rape allegations. Other colleges facing complaints include Swarthmore College, University of Southern California,More >>
Four colleges, including Dartmouth, face federal complaints over their handling of rape allegations.More >>