The RCMP issued a statement today saying information about the Dana Bradley murder investigation — reported in The Telegram in a recent series of stories — is not supported by the facts of the case.
A man told The Telegram he had witnessed the murder of Dana Bradley, that he was in the back seat of the car that picked her up on Dec. 14, 1981. He went on to describe the details of the murder and where the body was placed before being found four days later.
In a news release, the RCMP says the information from this witness has been investigated thoroughly by police, as well as independently investigated by credible sources that had full access to police evidence.
“The information provided simply did not match the physical evidence,” the release states.
The RCMP says that over 32 years, investigators have worked with many witnesses, stakeholders and partners, and continue to make every effort to bring closure to the tragedy.
The release notes — as was stated in The Telegram stories — police receive tips on a regular basis and each one is thoroughly investigated. However, as in all serious investigations, the police are unable to discuss specifics of this case due to concerns of jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation.
The RCMP says it has been vigilant in collecting and protecting key material evidence. This evidence relates directly to the circumstances around Dana Bradley’s death. While there is considerable medical, physical, witness-based, and circumstantial evidence, it cannot be shared with the public or with specific witnesses who come forward with information.
“No recent witnesses or tips have provided information that has proven to be consistent with what investigators know to be evidence and fact based,” the release states.
“The known facts surrounding the murder of Dana Bradley provide investigators with the ability to assess new information as it arises. Through critical analysis of information, and comparison against the known evidence and facts, investigators are able to determine the validity of the information.”
Regarding recent media coverage of the Dana Bradley murder, the RCMP wishes to assure the people of Newfoundland and Labrador that when information is brought forward to police, it is thoroughly investigated and compared against the known facts of the case. Investigators consider the validity and relevance of all information to arrive at evidence based conclusions. The RCMP is using every investigative technique available to bring this investigation to a conclusion.
The investigation into the murder of Dana Bradley continues to be an active investigation and all new information and tips received are, and will be, thoroughly investigated. The RCMP is committed to solving this crime and encourages those with any information that may bring this murder investigation to a conclusion to contact them at 709-772-5400, anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or contact any police detachment.
The Telegram will continue to update this story.
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