RCMP respond to Telegram stories about Dana Bradley murder investigation

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The RCMP issued a statement today saying information about the Dana Bradley murder investigation — reported in The Telegram in a recent series of stories — is not supported by the facts of the case.

Dana Bradley disappeared on Dec. 14, 1981. Her body was found in woods along a lane off Maddox Cove Road on Dec. 18, 1981. — Submitted photo

A man told The Telegram he had witnessed the murder of Dana Bradley, that he was in the back seat of the car that picked her up on Dec. 14, 1981. He went on to describe the details of the murder and where the body was placed before being found four days later.

In a news release, the RCMP says the information from this witness has been investigated thoroughly by police, as well as independently investigated by credible sources that had full access to police evidence.

“The information provided simply did not match the physical evidence,” the release states.

The RCMP says that over 32 years, investigators have worked with many witnesses, stakeholders and partners, and continue to make every effort to bring closure to the tragedy.   

The release notes — as was stated in The Telegram stories — police receive tips on a regular basis and each one is thoroughly investigated. However, as in all serious investigations, the police are unable to discuss specifics of this case due to concerns of jeopardizing the integrity of the investigation.

The RCMP says it has been vigilant in collecting and protecting key material evidence. This evidence relates directly to the circumstances around Dana Bradley’s death. While there is considerable medical, physical, witness-based, and circumstantial evidence, it cannot be shared with the public or with specific witnesses who come forward with information.

“No recent witnesses or tips have provided information that has proven to be consistent with what investigators know to be evidence and fact based,” the release states.

“The known facts surrounding the murder of Dana Bradley provide investigators with the ability to assess new information as it arises. Through critical analysis of information, and comparison against the known evidence and facts, investigators are able to determine the validity of the information.”

Regarding recent media coverage of the Dana Bradley murder, the RCMP wishes to assure the people of Newfoundland and Labrador that when information is brought forward to police, it is thoroughly investigated and compared against the known facts of the case. Investigators consider the validity and relevance of all information to arrive at evidence based conclusions. The RCMP is using every investigative technique available to bring this investigation to a conclusion.

The investigation into the murder of Dana Bradley continues to be an active investigation and all new information and tips received are, and will be, thoroughly investigated. The RCMP is committed to solving this crime and encourages those with any information that may bring this murder investigation to a conclusion to contact them at 709-772-5400, anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or contact any police detachment.

The Telegram will continue to update this story.

To read Telegram stories:

Story One

Story Two

Story Three

Story Four

Organizations: RCMP, The Telegram, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Rick
    March 23, 2014 - 03:53

    I hate to see this story go under the radar again. Can we all keep up the pressure somewhow? The whole province is still upset over this, 32 years later. It's a testament to our people. It's an injustice to this girl and her family that the killer remains free. My thoughts? It's been 32 years. Obviously the RCMP are not able to solve this case. They refuse to deal with potential evidence in the cars they were told about. It appears that something sneaky is afoot. I would like to see some law authority remove the RCMP from this case and invite an outside source to solve it. Another provincial police dept? Somebody from the U.S.? Please! I no longer have faith in the RCMP and I don't trust them now. Lots of folks feel the same way.

  • Guy Incognito
    March 20, 2014 - 17:03

    Tabloid journalism has arrived in Newfoundland. Nobody is interested in the truth anymore. Everyone wants to hear the scandalous truth. Hey Telegram! I know who shot JFK!!

  • santo
    March 20, 2014 - 11:38

    Don't forget, the man "Robert" accuses of this crime spent time in jail for sexually abusing children. As a result, I'm sure they have his DNA on file, and I'm sure there is DNA evidence on file regarding the Dana Bradley case. Wouldn't it simply be a comparison of DNA? I'm sure if the accused, given his convicted criminal history, would be easy to investigate.

  • Ed
    March 20, 2014 - 11:28

    First when I read the telegram articles I wondered if in fact the details reported by "Robert" matched the actual physical evidence collected by the RCMP over the past 30 years. Now we know, I do not believe the RCMP would lie about the mismatch between the evidence and "Robert's" story. With regard to a polygraph, that is purely voluntary and cannot be required of a suspect or a witness.

    • carogers
      March 20, 2014 - 13:27

      We have had many errors made by local police due to their decision to pin crimes on who is the "most likely suspect" and swearing up and down the evidence supports their claim. False convictions were the result . Who can say the past 30 years of investigation has not been swayed in the wrong direction due to evidence that appears to be correct.

  • mainlander
    March 20, 2014 - 10:44

    I think the question a lot of people have is: did the RCMP question the guy "Robert" said committed this crime? Was he given a polygraph?

    • Jay
      March 20, 2014 - 12:37

      It's obvious the RCMP questioned and investigated this guy thoroughly. it's also obvious that his story didn't hold up. Before printing this story, couldn't the Telegram have looked for the RCMP side of the "story." If they had there would be nothing to print. If the Telegram is going to continue this type of "news" maybe they should change their name to the Newfoundland Enquirer. I look forward to seeing their next story about Elvis living on the moon with JFK, being stalked by a mummy.

    • Jay
      March 20, 2014 - 12:39

      It's obvious the RCMP questioned and investigated this guy thoroughly. it's also obvious that his story didn't hold up. Before printing this story, couldn't the Telegram have looked for the RCMP side of the "story." If they had there would be nothing to print. If the Telegram is going to continue this type of "news" maybe they should change their name to the Newfoundland Enquirer. I look forward to seeing their next story about Elvis living on the moon with JFK, being stalked by a mummy.

  • Saucy Face
    March 20, 2014 - 10:26

    Nothing more than sensationilism from the Telegram. The editor should be ashamed of profiting off Dana and her family yet again.

    • Ann
      March 21, 2014 - 05:25

      I say good job the telegram writers. I'm reminded that if a local paper did not publish Shane Earls story Mount Cashel may not have been exposed. I believe Robert. I'd bet there were those who thought that was sensationilism in the beginning.

    • Ann
      March 21, 2014 - 05:38

      I say good job the telegram writers. I'm reminded that if a local paper did not publish Shane Earls story Mount Cashel may not have been exposed. I believe Robert. I'd bet there were those who thought that was sensationilism in the beginning.

    • Jay
      March 21, 2014 - 09:46

      Ann, Sorry, but "a local paper" had a chance to break the Mt. Cashel story and didn't. They watched as the boys were herded back to Mt. Cashel for more abuse. Shane Earle and some other brave men broke this story many years later, not "a local paper". Please give credit where credit is due. The information which the Telegram is providing now, is nothing the RCMP haven't already investigated.

    • Happily Retired
      March 21, 2014 - 13:03

      Ann, I'm sorry, but "a local paper" did not break the Mt. Cashel story. In fact, a "local paper" refused to break the story and stood by and watched as the boys were herded back to Mt. Cashel for further abuse. It was brave men like Shane Earle assisted by a woman calling an open line show many years later which led to the Mt. Cashel inquiry. This story ,by the Telegram, is sensationalism, and it's not the first time the public has heard it. The RCMP have investigated the story and the story did not stand up

    • Happily Retired
      March 21, 2014 - 13:05

      Ann, I'm sorry, but "a local paper" did not break the Mt. Cashel story. In fact, a "local paper" refused to break the story and stood by and watched as the boys were herded back to Mt. Cashel for further abuse. It was brave men like Shane Earle assisted by a woman calling an open line show many years later which led to the Mt. Cashel inquiry. This story ,by the Telegram, is sensationalism, and it's not the first time the public has heard it. The RCMP have investigated the story and the story did not stand up