Virginia Tech Gunman’s Missing Counseling File Found in Doctor’s Home
Posted Jul 22, 2009 1:09 PM CST
By Martha Neil
A missing file for the gunman who killed 32 people in a 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech has been discovered in the home of a former director for the college's counseling center.
An announcement that the the file had been located was made this morning by Gov. Timothy Kaine, who said a criminal probe is being conducted to determine how an unidentified "employee" was able to remove it and why the missing records weren't discovered during police investigations of the massacre, reports the Washington Post.
A memo written by a university lawyer that has been obtained by the newspaper says the former director, Dr. Robert Miller, moved the mental health records for Seung Hui Cho to his home more than a year prior to the April 16, 2007 massacre.
The file was found by plaintiffs lawyers suing the university, the counseling center and the state, among others, concerning their alleged negligence in treating Cho's mental health issues, the Post reports, although it isn't clear how the attorneys located it. The litigation is being pursued by families of two victims.
The Associated Press reports that Miller declined to comment.
Cho committed suicide after the shootings.
A copy of a statement made by the office of Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine concerning the missing file is provided by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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