The top county law enforcement official speaks only to NBC 7 about the mysterious death of a beautiful young woman at a Coronado Mansion. Catherine Garcia shows us why Sheriff Bill Gore is so angry about the family's investigation into Rebecca Zahau's death.
On Oct. 27, Gore sent the two-page letter sent to Anne Bremner, the attorney for Rebecca Zahau's family in response to Bremner's request for Zahau's death investigation files.
In it, Gore tells Bremener the files will not be released to the public, media or anyone else, unless law enforcement finds necessity to do so.
The files include witness statements, 911 calls and personal information about Zahau.
Attorney Michele Hagan, who is not associated with the case, says she believes the sheriff's letter can be taken as a threat.
"Here we have the police department saying here's the file to the victim’s family but saying you can't talk about it basically,” Hagan said. “That's what they're saying to the victim's family, don't disclose it, it's confidential.”
The letter emphasizes the Sheriff's intention to keep the files private unless, "it becomes clear parts of the investigation have been released to the media and to the public "piecemeal."
He said if portions of the investigation are released in a way that falsely represents the work performed by the Sheriff’s Department, they will correct the false portrayal by opening the entire investigation for public scrutiny.