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Roy L. Hartless

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Phone: (540) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: h***@***.us
Staunton Public Library
20 S. New Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
United States

Company Description: Staunton - Waynesboro Classifieds, provides complete comprehensive classified advertising services for the Staunton - Waynesboro area
Background

Employment History

  • Police Officer
    Staunton Commonwealth
  • Police Investigator
    Staunton Commonwealth
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It wasn't until former Staunton police ...
augustafreepress.com, 17 Feb 2013 [cached]
It wasn't until former Staunton police officer Roy Hartless, now a private investigator, was contacted by a relative of one of the victims who mentioned Crawford Smith as a possible suspect that what had become a mystery began to unravel.
A former Staunton police investigator, ...
www.newsvirginian.com, 30 Dec 2008 [cached]
A former Staunton police investigator, Roy Hartless, now a private investigator, said the murder case file lacked documentation when he reopened the case in 1998.
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Sheets, Hartless and Thomas all said late Staunton police Detective Sgt.
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Bocock, the lead investigator in the murders, worked the case in ways that would not be deemed acceptable by the current police department's standards, Hartless said.
It wasn't until former Staunton police ...
augustafreepress.com, 7 Mar 2009 [cached]
It wasn't until former Staunton police officer Roy Hartless, now a private investigator, was contacted by a relative of one of the victims who mentioned Crawford Smith as a possible suspect that what had become a mystery began to unravel.
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It wasn't until former Staunton police officer Roy Hartless, now a private investigator, was contacted by a relative of one of the victims who mentioned Crawford Smith as a possible suspect that what had become a mystery began to unravel.
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Daniel: It wasn't until former Staunton police officer Roy Hartless, now a private investigator, was contacted by a...
Roy Hartless, who retired in ...
www.newsvirginian.com, 8 Dec 2008 [cached]
Roy Hartless, who retired in 2005 after 33 years as a Staunton police investigator and now works as a private investigator, agreed.
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I had made a commitment to the mother of one of the victims that I would do whatever I could to ensure closure to the families," Hartless said. "It's important that the public realize ... literally, police personnel went coast to coast for this investigation …" Police have flown to California for interviews, Hartless said.
But, he adds, "the documentation wasn't there from the start."
Asked to reopen the case in 1998, Hartless discovered "red flags."
The victims' families, he said, never had been interviewed by police.
CASE GOES COLD AGAIN
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Hartless said the case was opened again in 1988 when Roanoke investigators suggested a lead. It fizzled.
Ten years later, Hartless opened the case again, working with Staunton police investigator Wayne Snodgrass.
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"We started with a half-inch file," Hartless said, measuring with thumb and pointer finger. "That told me something was wrong."
A typical case file is at least 3 inches thick, he said.
He arranged a meeting with the Hevener family, during which relatives said no other officers had ever interviewed them.
"In today's world, that never would have happened," Hartless said.
The mystery over why the documentation was so thin and other questions about the original investigation might never be solved. The investigator who originally handled the case has died, Hartless said.
From 1999 to 2005 Hartless and Snodgrass worked uphill, struggling with inadequate documentation and frequently speaking with sources who relayed information they said they'd told to police long ago.
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None of that information appeared in the police file, Hartless said.
Hartless cleared some individuals who long had been suspected by people in the community. When Hartless retired three years ago, he and Snodgrass had bolstered the case file, filling two file drawers.
"I can tell you with assurance, from 1999 to 2005 ... as new information was received, that information was followed up on," Hartless said.
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Hartless said the woman mentioned a gun. She also recalled a polygraph test and said police told her she'd passed it but was leaning toward knowing the killer.
That statement threw up a "red flag" for Hartless. Polygraph tests are passed, failed or inconclusive, he said. The test would have been documented as inconclusive had the suspect demonstrated potential knowledge of the killer's identity, he said.
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On Nov. 28, the suspect confessed to Staunton police, according to Sheets and Hartless.
"From July to present, I understand what appears to be the perception of [police] not reacting quickly enough. That's out there," Hartless said. "I myself questioned a little bit."
But, Hartless said, there are potential explanations.
"There's going to be a couple areas of concern [for police]," he said. "There were things that should have been done back in 1967 that weren't done, and I'm not talking about modern day technology."
The thin case file, confusion over the polygraph and Bradshaw's account of a "two- or three-day" turnaround on a ballistics test that an investigator claimed to have done leads Hartless to believe the investigation was not handled well at its onset. Police wait longer than two or three days to receive ballistics test results, even today, Hartless said.
"Should [police] be prepared to address those types of issues? Yes ... but that was [before this] administration," he said.
It wasn't until former Staunton police ...
augustafreepress.com, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
It wasn't until former Staunton police officer Roy Hartless, now a private investigator, was contacted by a relative of one of the victims who mentioned Crawford Smith as a possible suspect that what had become a mystery began to unravel.
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It wasn't until former Staunton police officer Roy Hartless, now a private investigator, was contacted by a relative of one of the victims who mentioned Crawford Smith as a possible suspect that what had become a mystery began to unravel.
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