SteveS, how do you know LE has closed the case?
Your statements over and over again are based on what we do know, yes.
Are you sure LE knows and is sure of ALL the answers?
1 The case is closed
? I didn't say that, nor did I mean to leave that implication, and my apologies if I didn't word it well enough. They still lack a conviction and the discovery of where CM is, and they may need proof for a capital murder charge when all is said and done, so those aspects are still very much open for investigators.
Let me be clear that I do NOT think LE would or should turn a blind eye to investigating, if there was something to lead them in a certain new direction. But considering what we know, they certainly don't seem to have any reason to blindly look for someone else.
2 I do think it's a mistake to read much into the LE comments made many months ago that, at that time, they were leaving the door open as to whether others may be involved. They didn't indicate they thought others were involved, only that they hadn't ruled it out. (My personal take? I suspect they were looking closely at EA's family for potential involvement later on, which would offer EA a reason to talk in order to protect them, and I suspect the comments were to keep from letting EA off the hook as to the need to talk to protect family.)
3 You remind, and I certainly agree (and have tried to say repeatedly), our comments here can only be based on what we see and know.
So what do we know? We know they
- have arrested EA,
- have charged him with the crime,
- are headed to trial,
- haven't revealed any evidence that points to any other perp, and
- we have no indication that CM was around anyone except EA from 3:35 am on,
- nor do we have any indication that anyone else did something to her.
So on the basis of what we see and know, it sure appears that LE has their guy. And based on what we know, the case would certainly appear to be solved (ie they have found the perp that abducted and perhaps murdered CM).
4 The insinuation made here by someone else wasn't just of the idea that someone other than EA might have participated somehow. Instead, they broadly accused/implied that LE and the family had "fixated" on EA, ignored everyone else, and essentially would be persecuing him with charges, an arrest, and a trial ahead. And the solution offered was that LE needs to ignore what they've found and look elsewhere.
I certainly don't buy any of that. What we've seen says exactly the polar opposite of being blindly "fixated" on EA and never considering or examining anyone else. Instead of ignoring all others, indications are that they looked, and did so in ways where we didn't even have a clue how detailed they looked - so I see no justification to suggest/criticize they need to START doing things they unquestionably have been doing all along.