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    Law Enforcement Info

    COWELL HOMICIDE TASK FORCE

    Chief Criminal Deputy Robbin Wagg - Task Force Commander
    Captain Doug Jones - Public Information Officer

    Task Force Command Center 509–888-4226
    Public Tip Line 509-663-9911


    Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-34328-Seat...lines-Examiner


    A little more on LE Task Force Members:

    Deputy Robbin Wagg, Chief Criminal Deputy Douglas County Sheriff's Dept - Task Force Commander
    Captain Doug Jones - Wenatchee Police Dept - Task Force Spokesman


    OTHER AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (that have been involved and/or mentioned in this case):

    Harvey Gjesdal - Douglas County Sheriff
    Tom Robbins - Wenatchee P.D., Chief of Police
    Mike Harum - Chelan County Sheriff
    Jerry Moore - Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Chief of Administration



    Miscellaneous significant info:

    Sheriff Mike Harum Has MacKenzie Cowell Case Update (3-30-10 podcast)
    http://www.golakechelan.com/?name=Ne...icle&sid=10464

    alt.theory's transcript of Sheriff Harum's 3/30 podcast:
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...1&postcount=22

    Thought this would be a handy general reference.
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    MACKENZIE COWELL TIMELINE
    Confirmed Info Only - No Rumors


    (Link to pufnstuf's previously posted timeline: Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - Found Deceased WA - Mackenzie Cowell, 17, missing 2/9/10, Orondo/Wenatchee #15)


    09 February 2010 (Tuesday):

    3:01 PM - Mackenzie leaves the Academy of Hair Design where she works for a 15 minute break, gets in her car, and drives away. She is supposed to only be gone for a fifteen-minute break, according to
    flyers being posted at businesses
    flyers being posted at businesses in Wenatchee, but she never returns.

    3:40 PM - Mackenzie's phone data indicate that her phone is at/near the Riverfront Park boat ramp. While there, the phone receives an incoming text ("hey") and replies with the same message ("hey").

    5:42 PM - A cell tower bounces a signal off of MacKenzie's phone. This is the final activity on McKenzie's phone. Location has not been released by investigators.

    8:02 PM - Residents report to Rivercom finding a 1997 red Pontiac Grand Prix in Squilchuck area, 2395 Pitcher Canyon Road, parked near a cattle gate, and they tell deputies the car had been there for the previous hour. LE uses the registration info on the car to identify Reid Cowell as the owner, who confirms that his daughter has been out past curfew. One set of foot prints led away from the locked car toward road asphalt. "Somebody got the car there and parked it without anybody knowing about it.” Mackenzie's purse was inside the car, but her cell phone, debit card with $20 on it, and gas card were missing. Initially, Washington State Crime Lab processed the car, but found no indication of anything unusual, and computers at both parents' residences were checked with nothing unusual found. Later, local press says that some evidence has been discovered in the car and sent to the State Crime Lab.


    11 February 2010 (Thursday):

    FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment agents arrive Thursday afternoon to aid in the search for Mackenzie.


    12 February 2010 (Friday):

    Investigators fax warrants to Facebook, Myspace, and Verizon. A team of 10 detectives search the Pitcher Canyon area and interview and re-interviewing all of Mackenzie's friends and family. Mackenzie's mother and the mother's boyfriend are also being interviewed by the FBI.


    13 February 2010 (Saturday):

    Mackenzie's body is found near the Columbia River at 156 Crescent Bar Road just inside Douglas County by someone walking along the beach. She was fully clothed and her feet were in the water. The Chelan County Sheriff's spokesman said "It appears she was put there by someone....We've got to find this monster. Anybody who is willing to take a child and commit a crime with that child is a monster." Investigators find evidence of homicide at the scene and inside the vacant home. FBI profilers arrive late Saturday to assist with the investigation.

    Sometime on the 13th: Jerry Moore from Chelan County does a radio interview in which he states that 3:15PM, Feb 9, was the last time anyone "heard from Mackenzie." He also says that the Douglas County Sheriff is responsible for gathering information from Myspace, Facebook, Verizon, Google, and other internet/phone providers used by Mackenzie.


    15 February 2010 (Monday):

    A task force made up of local law enforcement and FBI is formed to investigate circumstances surrounding Mackenzie's death. Mackenzie's mother tells NWCN (see video) that she's been instructed by investigators not to discuss the investigation with media.


    16 February 2010 (Tuesday):

    An autopsy performed by Dr. Gina Fino and witnessed by Dr Steve Clem, Douglas County prosecutor and coroner, and a State Patrol Crime Laboratory’s forensics team confirms that the body is that of Mackenzie Cowell. The autopsy also revealed that her death was a homicide, but the cause of death has not yet been released. Autopsy results will not be released until the person responsible is identified and charged.

    Investigators ask that anyone who might have seen someone walking out of Pitcher Canyon on South Methow Street or Squilchuck Highway between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, call the tip line. Captain Jones of the task force looking into 17-year-old Mackenzie Cowell's death said the person who left Cowell's car in the canyon where it was later found likely walked on one of those two roads afterward.


    18 February 2010 (Thursday):

    Investigators released video footage of the last known sighting of homicide victim Mackenzie Cowell in a Wenatchee-owned parking lot in the hope that someone saw the teenager or her red 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix.

    As law enforcement officials advise women to walk in pairs and be more aware of their surroundings, local gun stores report a spike in sales of tasers, mace, and handguns.


    22 February 2010 (Monday):

    1:36 AM - Someone at Mackenzie's mother's residence calls 911 to report "harassment/threat."

    Police scale back task force and await DNA and fingerprint results from state crime lab. Evidence was collected from the Crescent Bar location and from Mackenzie's car. Wenatchee Police Sgt. Cherie Smith said, "But we still don’t know where she was killed,” Smith said. “So we may have another crime scene at some point.”


    25 February 2010 (Thursday):

    Memorial service is held for Mackenzie Cowell at Wenatchee Town Toyota Center. 1800 people attend. Mackenzie is remembered as "a bright, energetic girl who endured heartless teasing through much of her adolescence because of an underbite. She persevered, however, eventually becoming prom queen." Mackenzie's mother, maternal grandfather, father, father's fiance, two brothers, and boyfriend attend the memorial. Noticeably absent is Mackenzie's mother's boyfriend. Mackenzie's brother Trevor made the family's first statement to the media: "It's incredible. It meant the world to me because we all loved her. And that's what this all shows is how much everybody loves her."


    26 February 2010 (Friday):

    Task force states that cell phone data places Mackenzie Cowell’s phone near a Wenatchee boat launch on Feb. 9, the day she disappeared.


    01 March 2010 (Monday):

    The Cowell Task Force believes that Mackenzie's phone is a key piece of evidence and asks the public to call the tip line if it is found. The phone is a maroon LG EnV2.


    03 March 2010 (Wednesday):

    A local task force continues to work full-time on the Mackenzie Cowell murder case. Chelan County has four deputies and two administrative assistants assigned to the task force. Douglas County has four detectives, Wenatchee Police has three officers and East Wenatchee police has one officer assigned to the case. The FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are assisting the Cowell Task Force.

    05 March 2010 (Friday):

    Local businesspeople unite and announce the creation of a new reward fund to help find Mackenzie's killer. The group, Wenatchee Valley Citizens Against Crime, has pledged $38000 to be added to the existing $7000 reward fund in the event that someone provides a tip that leads to a conviction of Mackenzie's murderer. “This case broke the camel’s back. For this one, we said, ‘Enough is enough. We want this valley to be a safe place.'"


    12 March 2010 (Friday) :

    Against the wishes of the Cowell Task Force, the Wenatchee World publishes Mackenzie's cause of death which was on the death certificate. The World withheld the cause of death for two weeks in accordance with the task force's wishes, but today published the information, as they've always published death certificate information related to murders and saw no reason to make an exception in this case.

    Though the task force is tight-lipped in response to the World reporter's many questions about the circumstances of Mackenzie's death, several details emerge. Eight lie detector tests have been administered, though the task force refuses to say to whom. Numerous properties have been searched, though the task force will not identify them. Most important, the task force has not yet found the site where Mackenzie was killed.


    15 March 2010 (Sunday):

    Wenatchee World article about Crimestoppers Reward Fund. The ex-husband and father of Jack Owen Spillman III's victims has donated a substantial amount to the reward fund. Coincidentally, Wendy Cowell's boyfriend JF was married to Spillman's sister at the time of the murders and was called to testify at the trial. JF's second wife Mae was JOS's older sister. Spillman's address


    22 March 2010 (Sunday):

    KOZI radio interview with task force spokesman (podcast here; informal transcript
    here
    here ) reveals that the case is not cold yet, that the task force has not received any complete lab results and are awaiting more forensics results from the crime lab, that the task force has been thorough in interviewing and eliminating people, starting with those closest to MC and working outward. The most substantial bit of info was that the task force has no eye-witnesses placing Mackenzie at the boat ramp at the time that her boyfriend received the 3:24 "hey" text message. The spokesman stated that the Wenatchee World may have harmed the state's case against any future suspect by removing the cause of death information from the investigators' "tool box."

    26 March 2010 (Friday, 7:30 PM - Midnight):

    A dance was held at the Volcano Club's ballroom for Mackenzie Cowell, to "help raise money for the funds needed to catch her killer, and to go to the Mackenzie Cowell Memorial Fund." The dance was "headed up" by Wenatchee photographer Joshua Lusk. The event's admission was $10. It was attended by 450 people and raised almost $3000. It is not clear to exactly which fund(s) the money went, however.


    CLICK HERE to see a map of points of interest in the Mackenzie Cowell investigation.


    WHO'S WHO IN THE MACKENZIE COWELL MURDER INVESTIGATION:

    MC - Mackenzie Nicole Cowell; decedant. 17 years old. Attended Wenatchee High School and Academy of Hair Design. Dancer with the Apple-ettes. Also took dance lessons and worked out at Gold's Gym.
    WC - Wendy Cowell. Mackenzie Cowell's mother; real estate agent and home builder; divorced from RC since 2001, now dating JF.
    RC - Reid Cowell. Mackenzie Cowell's father; construction industry; divorced from WC since 2001, now dating SF.
    JF - Mackenzie's mother's boyfriend; construction industry; rumored to have been living with WC while married to/separated from another woman; was a witness in the trial of infamous murderer Jack Owen Spillman III; was married to JOS's sister at the time of JOS's arrest for the gruesome murders of a mother and daughter. Built WC's spec house located at 3635 Ridgeview Blvd, Wenatchee.
    SF - Mackenzie's father's fiancee. (She is in no way related to JF.)
    JV - Mackenzie's 21-year-old boyfriend.


    BIT PLAYERS IN THE MACKENZIE COWELL CASE

    BC - guy from Tacoma on whose FB page MC posted "mmmm u look good! sorry for everything." Date of FB post is January 26.
    VDD - When Mackenzie was 12, WC took out a restraining order against VDD, who was 17 years old at the time.
    JL - photographer in Wenatchee who seems to have inserted himself into the case, possibly for publicity for his fledgling photography business. "Headed up" the dance for Mackenzie that was held on March 26, 2010.
    DFD and KMA - two women who post on their facebooks. Supposedly, KMA has a friend associated with the investigation who is feeding her info. She gives the info to DFD, who posts it publicly on her facebook wall.


    If you have ANY information
    about the murder of MacKenzie Cowell please call:
    ANONYMOUS TIP LINE - 509-667-6848
    Task Force Command Center - 509-888-4226
    Public Tip Line - 509-663-9911



    This timeline is a work in progress. If you have information to add to it or corrections to note, please PM me with the addition/correction and source link. I don't use Examiner as a source, because, quite frankly, our work is more investigative than the Examiner, and based on the same sources. Corrections may not appear until the next posting of the timeline, which I always try to insert on page 1 of any new thread about Mackenzie. Thanks for the teamwork in making this timeline a primary guide to the MC case!

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    Pufnstuf's previously posted timeline with clickable links: Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - Found Deceased WA - Mackenzie Cowell, 17, missing 2/9/10, Orondo/Wenatchee #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz View Post
    COWELL HOMICIDE TASK FORCE

    Chief Criminal Deputy Robbin Wagg - Task Force Commander
    Captain Doug Jones - Public Information Officer

    Task Force Command Center 509888-4226
    Public Tip Line 509-663-9911

    Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-34328-Seat...lines-Examiner


    A little more on LE Task Force Members:

    Deputy Robbin Wagg, Chief Criminal Deputy Chelan County Sheriff's Dept - Task Force Commander
    Captain Doug Jones - Wenatchee Police Dept - Task Force Spokesman


    OTHER AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (that have been involved and/or mentioned in this case):

    Harvey Gjesdal - Douglas County Sheriff
    Tom Robbins - Wenatchee P.D., Chief of Police
    Mike Harum - Chelan County Sheriff
    Jerry Moore - Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Chief of Administration



    Miscellaneous significant info:

    Sheriff Mike Harum Has MacKenzie Cowell Case Update (3-30-10 podcast)
    http://www.golakechelan.com/?name=Ne...icle&sid=10464

    alt.theory's transcript of Sheriff Harum's 3/30 podcast:
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...1&postcount=22

    Thought this would be a handy general reference.
    Robbin Wagg is a Douglas County Sheriff Detective

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    My car is clean. I actually went to BOTH Superwash locations, and checked for privacy, camera visablity, and hoping to confirm/deny the car wash rumor once and for all.

    My opinion: The car wash was NOT used for privacy. Both locations have wide open stalls from front and rear access doors. If it were a privacy issue for a drug deal, or to disable MC, then they could have gone to the car wash by the Easy Street Fire Station. This location has access doors that open when you pay, close behind as you drive in, and open for exit when the car wash cycle is done.

    I took pictures of both locations, and I also gassed up at the Shell station with security cameras. Only one camera is remotely pointing at Superwash, and would most likely be so far away that only the driving in of MC's car could be verified, not identity of passenger confirmation.

    I am off to get my lap top, and download the car wash pix.

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    You may recall Chelan County Sheriff Harum's recent interviews with golakechelan.com and WW? As we suspected and discussed here, Harum spoke to the media without the task force's approval. This apparently did not sit well with other LE partners on the task force. Again, Harum announced his plans to run for re-election the next day I believe.. and this should give his opponent some ammo to use against him. He is quick to let everyone know that HE assembled the task force... what a guy.

    During his interviews, he released information that was NOT intended to be released and it may have hurt the case. Incredible...


    ps... I know that LE is holding information very close to them because it is critical in this case - as we all suspected. The WWs release of the COD was clearly not approved by the task force and that jeopardized the case. Then, Harum interviews (above) and gives out more information that was not intended to be released. These releases are only hurting the case and it may be longer before we hear anything.

    So, I think we all need to be very careful about what we say and to whom. You agree??
    TIA

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    Thanks, Metalsmiths. Would you please unquote my post and I will correct it?
    No use wasting bandwith on erroneous info.

    Anyone else see any errors, please let me know. TIA!

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    Also, while in my sleuthy mood, drove by the spec. house. No white car across the street, no (visable) interior lights on at 5:40 p.m. Whoever has this vantage point, maybe wait until dark and see if the same lights turn on by a timer consistantly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotmadre View Post
    My car is clean. I actually went to BOTH Superwash locations, and checked for privacy, camera visablity, and hoping to confirm/deny the car wash rumor once and for all.

    My opinion: The car wash was NOT used for privacy. Both locations have wide open stalls from front and rear access doors. If it were a privacy issue for a drug deal, or to disable MC, then they could have gone to the car wash by the Easy Street Fire Station. This location has access doors that open when you pay, close behind as you drive in, and open for exit when the car wash cycle is done.

    I took pictures of both locations, and I also gassed up at the Shell station with security cameras. Only one camera is remotely pointing at Superwash, and would most likely be so far away that only the driving in of MC's car could be verified, not identity of passenger confirmation.

    I am off to get my lap top, and download the car wash pix.
    By any chance, did you ask any questions regarding the rumors? Was it the older gentleman there?

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    I'm not asking this in relation to the MC case... I'm just curious.

    Say you're canoeing on the Columbia in this area. Since all of that property frontage at 156 is PUD property, could you legally pull out and camp at that frontage?

    Next question....would it be crazy to canoe the Columbia in that area?
    "

    I'm quite sure I did this wrong, but trying to answer puf's question, as far as I know, the land along the river is all public access, it is perfectly ok for you to pull your boat up to the shore and set out your picnic area. Overnight camping I really don't know about. And no it would not be crazy to canoe in the river in that area. It is quite nice actually, along the campground, past the 156 property, up along the nicer homes further up river. Hope that helps!
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    For anyone that may have missed this -

    Thread 15, Page 26 - Post # 643

    Posted by Thinking Out Loud:

    "O.k., hold the phone - MCM is not our guy. I looked it up in the court records just now. It is a custody matter. He took his daughter from Oregon and concealed her from the mother. Allegations of drug abuse as well. No bail. All public record. He was scheduled for another court appearance at 11:30 this morning.

    Darn - I had major butterflies for a while.
    "

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    Quote Originally Posted by erok View Post
    [COLOR="DimGray"] [respectfully snipped]
    So, I think we all need to be very careful about what we say and to whom. You agree??

    *Who* .... *us*????

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalsmiths View Post
    Robbin Wagg is a Douglas County Sheriff Detective
    In fact, he is the Chief Criminal Deputy and oversees the detectives.. and sergeants. He is under the Sheriff and Undersheriff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz View Post
    *Who* .... *us*????
    Oops.. that wasnt meant to be disrespectful!! hehe I was just saying that LE is keeping their mouths shut for a reason.. Sorry!

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    Oops.. that wasnt meant to be disrespectful!! hehe I was just saying that LE is keeping their mouths shut for a reason.. Sorry!
    We don't know anything anyway.

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