On Friday,January 13, 2017, the Lodi Sentinel reported that Lodi Police arrested Kenneth Vanderford, 51, and Kevin Etherton, 25, on suspicion of murder, burglary and arson with great bodily harm in the stabbing death of Alan Karl Gregor Jr. on September 25, 2016. This is the murder that was discovered when the Lodi Fire Department was called to extinguish a fire at Gregor’s home on Vine Street.
This means that the February 2016 stabbing of Dorothy Wiederrich remains unsolved. A television story on KOVR in Sacramento, CA implied that there may have been unidentified DNA found at the Wiederrich crime scene. Given that there was also unidentified male DNA found on the body of Leila Fowler I offered that DNA profile to the Lodi PD. Sadly, I received a polite reply telling me there was no unidentified DNA found at the Wiederrich scene.
This makes me wonder if I asked the wrong question. It is believed that the unidentified DNA found on Leila Fowler’s body is not in the national fingerprint and DNA database known as CODIS, because the source was not convicted of a qualifying felony.
Our concern is that the DNA found on Leila will not be compared to newer entries to CODIS unless a member of the Isiah Fowler defense team remains vigilant and keeps shaking the tree. I did not ask the Lodi PD if they compared any DNA found at the Wiederrich crime scene to that found on Leila’s body, nor did they say whether or not they had done so of their own volition.
In the meantime, if anyone knows any members of Dorothy Wiederrich’s family, please have them contact me at email@example.com or (916) 487-1670.
A year ago the Calaveras County Court found Isiah Fowler guilty in the stabbing of his younger sister Leila Fowler. One of the issues in the case and no doubt a part of the judge’s reasoning in the case was the fact that Isiah was the only other person actually known to be in the house at the time Leila was killed. Many neighbors and internet enthusiasts concluded that if no one was seen entering of leaving the house in San Andreas and no screams were heard Isiah had to be the killer.
Since then, in February of this year, Dorothy Weiderrich was found tied up and stabbed to death in her home on the 2300 block of Woodlake Circle in Lodi, CA. As posted a couple of weeks ago, no leads exist in the case. None of the neighbors in this affluent neighborhood of closely packed in homes saw or heard anything. Apparently, DNA testing failed to lead to any arrests. However, the Lodi police have shown a photo of a male to nearby residents. It must be noted that this person was not labeled a suspect at the time his photo was shown to possible witnesses.
Then on Sunday, September 25, 2016 a man was found dead in his house on the 1500 block of West Vine Street in Lodi. He was found when firefighters responded to a fire at that address. When the fire fighters arrived they found the 50 something male already dead. An autopsy (no doubt by the pathologist Dr. Robert Lawrence who is on contract to San Joaquin and Calaveras counties and performed the autopsy on Leila Fowler.) determined that the deceased male died from stab wounds before the fire was set. Again no one saw or heard anything until flames were seen coming from the house and these two murder scenes are within a mile of each other.
For those who declared Isiah guilty because no local residents saw anyone go into or out of the house where Leila was killed you may want to think again. For those who claimed Isiah was guilty because local dogs failed to sound warning barks, you may want to think again.
To the authorities in Lodi, if you have unidentified DNA from either of your crime scenes you may want compare it to the unidentified male DNA found on Leila’s body.
The next class on how to conduct your own searches for people and other information will be onThursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM. The address is 1111 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA. Seating is limited, so sign up now. For more information and on-line registration go to http://www.learningexchange.com/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=57442&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0.
I look forward to seeing you there.
My next class at the Learning Exchange on how to find anything on anybody will be on September 19th, 2013. I hope to see you there.
For detailed information check out this link.
Much of the time and investigator grinds out the day-to-day work involved in personal injury cases and the like. Sometimes a really interesting and high-profile case comes in and you just feel the adrenaline start pumping.
That happened yesterday, when I was contacted by Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser of Reichel & Plesser Law (www.reichelplesser.com) to be the investigator in the very tragic stabbing death of 12-year-old Leila Fowler of Valley Springs, California.
For those who have not heard of this case, the violent death of eight year old Leila took place in her home on April 27 of this year. The only other person at home at the time of her stabbing was her 12-year-old brother. Her brother called Leila’s father and girlfriend who were attending a Little League baseball game at the time to tell them he saw a man hitting his sister and that he scared the stranger from the house.
When Leila’s father and girlfriend arrived at the house, followed shortly thereafter by the local police, Leila was found still bleeding from 21 stab wounds. Based an a vague description of the alleged attacker, the area was locked down and search commenced. The small community situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada between Sacramento and Stockton was on high alert.
On Saturday May 10, authorities arrested Leila’s 12-year-old brother and charge him with the murder of his sister. On Wednesday, May 13, Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser (www.reichelplesser.com) were retained to represent the defendant and I was asked to come on board as their investigator.
This is a very high-profile case, but the nature of my job is no different from it is in any case. Attorneys don’t like surprises. Litigation is a minefield of surprises and my job is to clear the mines. It doesn’t matter if the information I uncover helps or hurts our client’s case. What matters is that it doesn’t come as mine that Reichel and/or Plesser step on at trial.
This case appears to be a very large minefield and there is a lot of work to be done.
Here is something to remember if you are going to the courthouse to review files.
IT IS A FELONY TO REMOVE ANY DOCUMENTS FROM A FILE.
When you take out a case file for review in Sacramento County the clerks will generally tell that you cannot remove anything from the file. There will also be signs posted in viewing areas. Most often I see people taking apart a file at the copying machines while the sign looms directly in front of them. Don’t do it!
The court doesn’t want you to mess up the files and those of us who regularly go through files don’t want you to either. The reason is that was don’t want things to end up missing or to be put back in the wrong order. Generally, documents are entered into the files in chronological order. In some cases, certain types of documents are placed on one side in particular (Law & Motion documents for example. If the documents are out-of-order when you put them back in, it can really mess up an accurate review of the contents and make life more difficult for anyone who gets the file next.
In addition, files may have sealed documents. You cannot open the sealed envelopes, even if you are a party to the case. (I have held them up to the light in the hope that I might glimpse something really useful, but that has yet to work.)
If you are having trouble figuring out how to make copies, ask a clerk or a bike messenger. Anyone standing behind you at the copiers who searches through files as part of their job will be glad to instruct you. The sooner you get your business sorted out, the sooner we can take care of what we are there to do.
In the event that a document is loose and falls out of a file, just let the clerk know when you return it. It happens and they appreciate the opportunity to fix it up.
From all of us who do this sort of thing for a living, thank you.