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Sensenbrenner Writes FBI For Renewed Investigation in Wisconsin Drowning Deaths

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Washington, DC, April 28, 2008 | Raj Bharwani ((202) 225-5101) | comments

Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Menomonee Falls) sent a letter today to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requesting that it renew its investigation into the drowning deaths of several students in Wisconsin and across the nation.  This letter comes on the heels of media reports about new facts revealed earlier today in New York as a result of investigative work conducted primarily by two retired NYPD Detectives, Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte.

Sensenbrenner issued the following statement upon releasing the letter, a copy of which is attached:

“In light of this news from New York today, I wrote the FBI and requested that it take another longer and closer look at the drowning deaths of the 12 college kids in Wisconsin, and the deaths of others around the country that caught the attention of Detectives Gannon and Duarte.

“As a parent, I can only imagine what it must be like to lose the life of a child prematurely, particularly as a result of foul play.  If there is indeed a collaborative effort by individuals in different states, then our law enforcement authorities need to catch them quickly before they take more lives.  The gruesome mockery of these alleged deaths, as denoted by the ‘smiley-face’ clue retrieved at the various sites around the country, demonstrates the cold-blooded nature of the killers.

“While it will be of small comfort to the parents of the murdered children, apprehension of the killers will stop their killing spree, and save the lives of tens, maybe hundreds of future college kids – that alone, is certainly worth another look at these cases by the FBI.”


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