Seth Rich and the Mystery of Multiple Police Reports

By Matt Couch

During any given investigation, odd anomalies and inconsistencies tend to garner attention from any competent investigator.  The murder of Seth Conrad Rich on July 10, 2016 is a prime example.  This particular homicide has been riddled with oddities and inconsistencies from the very beginning.  These anomalies bring us to the topic of this short discussion ‒ The Mystery of the Two Police Reports.

This story has never been the topic of any lengthy discussions, yet it has always been a particularly troubling issue to me.

To the point ‒ there are two different public narrative police reports relating to the death of Seth Rich which were present on the Washington DC Police Department’s system.  Let me first state that from years of investigative experience, and working with or consulting with police departments from around the country, this is NOT how its done!  Should an officer obtain supplemental information during any given investigation, a “supplemental” report, or “addendum” is added to the original ‒ you would never generate a completely different narrative report with its own unique report number for the exact same event.

The first public narrative shows what the general public would obtain after submitting an FOIA to the DC Police.  It is fairly basic in the information it contains and initially there is nothing out of the ordinary within this particular report.  Note the date and time of report: July 10, 2016 – 7:10 AM, and Officer Jody O’Leary is shown as the responding officer.  The report number is 16113797.

The second public narrative shows something slightly different and now appears to include a “Hispanic” narrative.  Note the date and time of report: July 10, 2016 – 7:19 AM.  This particular report was obviously written NINE minutes after the first report.  The report number on this narrative is 16113799.  In this case, Officer Derek Tarr is shown as the responding officer.

What is interesting to note is that the second report, (16113799), has apparently disappeared from the DC Police Department’s Cobalt system.  It is also noteworthy that the only individuals capable of deleting a narrative report from a departments system are considerably high up in the proverbial food-chain.  In other words, it takes high-level administrator privileges to do so.

Initial public narrative PD report #16113797.   Nothing too anomalous or odd to see here.


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