Franklin MA police reports pertaining to the murder of Theresa Corley, Bellingham MA 1978

GERALDINE HOUDE filed this request with the Franklin Police Department of Franklin, MA.
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From: GERALDINE HOUDE


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All Franklin Police reports pertaining to Theresa Corley, Bellingham MA from December 8, 1978 to present. To include names of the first responding officers, first at the crime scene and subsequent investigators called to the scene. The name of any police officer/s appointed as scribes at the crime scene. To include all detectives assigned to Theresa's case, the dates they were assigned to the dates the case was given over to other detectives. The missing person's protocol in 1978. The protocol for assigning detectives to investigations involving a potential conflict of interest. Names of officers on duty the night of December 4th through December 11, 1978. The initial notations and all notations from the Franklin Police log book recorded by dispatchers from December 8, 1978 to February 1979 pertaining to Theresa Corley. Franklin police employee list from December 8, 1978 to December 1979 to include any officers released from the department and why.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

GERALDINE HOUDE

From: Franklin Police Department

Good Afternoon Geraldine,
I received your request for documents pertaining to the Theresa Corley investigation. We were not computerized at the time of the incident in question (1978). All documentation was turned over to the State Police and Jason Mohan at the District Attorney's Office. We have nothing in our possession including logs, officer response and on duty information; as that is all a part of the ongoing investigation.
We do NOT have a protocol for detective assignment of cases due to conflict of interest. Our detectives are assigned cases per their specialty training in certain areas and duty times. There were no officers released from our department from December 1978-79.
Please let me know if we may be of further assistance.

Kristin Gutauskas Donovan
Administrative Assistant, Franklin Police Department
508.440.2763

From: GERALDINE HOUDE

So are you saying you have nothing in archives that someone could search for? I realize you may not have it in the electronic system but I am requesting that perhaps "someone" could look through and see if there are any old files.
Thank You,
Geraldine Houde

From: Franklin Police Department

Good Morning Geraldine,

I searched with Deputy Mill on Friday in our record storage. Any and all
record requests include myself or a member of our department going through
electronic and paper files. We thought we may have had the log book in our
possession; but we do not. Everything in that room is dated and boxed
accordingly. Nothing is put in that room until there is a court
disposition on the case.
If your particular case is ever solved, the state police would retain the
file because it does involve more than our department and most of the
investigation prior to the state was in Bellingham. When our records
became electronic that allows us to keep them in our system and in the cold
storage. Our RMS did not go electronic until the early 90's. Please let
me know if we may be of further assistance.

Kristin

Kristin Gutauskas-Donovan
Administrative Assistant
Franklin Police Department
911 Panther Way
Franklin, MA 02038
*Ph: 508.440.2763*
*Fax: 508.520.4747*
<kgutauskas@franklinma.gov>kgutauskas@franklinma.gov

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From: GERALDINE HOUDE

Thank you for looking into it Kristen.

G Houde

From: Franklin Police Department

Good Morning,
I have responded to the request in question on two separate occasions. The
incident did not occur in Franklin; it was Bellingham. Our mutual aid logs
or any response from our department was turned over to Massachusetts State
Police. The case was never closed and still is considered an active
investigation. We don not have any records in our possession for the
referenced case. Should we receive anything back from them once the murder
is resolved, I will respond accordingly. Please let me know if we can be
of further assistance. This response is in reference to the highlighted
email below that I received again yesterday.

911 Panther Way
Franklin, MA 02038

August 7, 2018

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Massachusetts Public Records Law
request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 20, 2018. Please
let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further
clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

Filed via MuckRock.com

Kristin

Kristin Gutauskas-Donovan
Administrative Assistant
Franklin Police Department
911 Panther Way
Franklin, MA 02038
*Ph: 508.440.2763*
*Fax: 508.520.4747*
<kgutauskas@franklinma.gov>kgutauskas@franklinma.gov

This electronic message and any files attached hereto contain confidential
or privileged information from the Franklin Police Department. This
information is intended to be for the use of the individuals or entities to
whom it is addressed only. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware
that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this
information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission
in error, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of
this message.

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This email is
intended for municipal / educational use only and must comply with the Town
of Franklin and Franklin Public School's policies and state/federal laws.
Under Massachusetts Law, any email created or received by an employee of
The Town of or Franklin Public Schools is considered a public record.  All
email correspondence is subject to the requirements of M.G.L. Chapter 66.
This email may contain confidential and privileged material for the sole
use of the intended recipient. Any review or distribution by others is
strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient please contact
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