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Police and the Pressly matter

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LR Police Chief Stuart Thomas issues a lengthy press release addressing those with discontent about lack of information forthcoming in the beating death of KATV anchor Anne Pressly. He doesn't reveal anything, mind you, but says work is progressing.
PRESS RELEASE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008
 
This release addresses the continuing investigation by the Little Rock Police Department regarding the homicide of Anne Pressly. The Department has not released incomplete, speculative or developing information during the course of this investigation, but such should not suggest that work is not proceeding nor being aggressively pursued in this matter. The quality and integrity of this investigation is paramount to the Department and, given the volume of work involved, the untimely release of inaccurate or incomplete information tends to misdirect investigative time and efforts. As a result, the Department has refrained from public disclosure of daily investigative progress and has discouraged the release of any information pertaining to this investigation. The Department will most assuredly make public any information which might, in the determination of the Detectives working this case, advance the investigation or might be useful for the security of the community as a whole.
 
Detectives assigned to the Department’s Violent Crimes, Homicide, and Crime Scene Search Units are actively participating in this investigation. The Department has also utilized the assistance of the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, the North Little Rock Police Department and the United States Secret Service during the course of the past week. Personnel with the Crime Laboratory have invested significant effort and hours in the furtherance of this investigation and the members of the Little Rock Police Department are grateful for their work. The Department has also been in contact with the local F.B.I. Office, the Arkansas State Police, and the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas and may access any needed resources or the expertise of those agencies if needed.
 
I recognize that the lack of daily disclosures or additional information is frustrating to the media and to members of our community. However, the foremost objective here is for a successful investigation leading to an arrest and conviction in this matter and the Department will conduct any releases of information with this objective solely on point.
 
The Department continues to respond to all other service requests and incidents as required. The past week has been difficult with three homicides in this City, each tragic and senseless and devastating in and of itself, but I believe the Department has and will continue to respond appropriately.
 
Any complaints or criticism concerning the Department’s efforts or the lack of public releases of information should be addressed solely to me and not to the police officers and detectives who are working diligently on behalf of our citizens.
 
Stuart Thomas
Chief of Police

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