Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Reopen Case

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Reopen Case

Article excerpt

After watching "Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice" on Oxygen TV last Saturday, I was appalled to learn Karl E. Williams, chief medical examiner, has not yet set up a meeting with Dakota James' parents to discuss evidence revealed to them in the documentary.

James' death was ruled an accident by the medical examiner. However, in light of new evidence brought to the public by retired NYPD Detective Kevin Gannon and forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht last month, it seems his death may not have been accident but a homicide.

They reported that James seemed to have no major injuries and little decomposition after being in the river for nearly 40 days and supposedly going through a dam. The most obvious sign that was either missed or overlooked were the ligature marks around his neck that were not even mentioned in the autopsy report. …

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