Ask Joe: Why Is Crime Scene Not Cleaned Up ?

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Updated: 3/01/2013 6:46 pm
From the Ask Joe File one of our viewers wrote in with a question about something he observed following a recent high profile crime that we reported on.
Paul Timmons wrote in to ask why, after the NHP carjacking there is still crime scene tape blowing in the wind in Fernley ?  He asks why the  mess wasn't cleaned up ?
Paul even sent us a few pictures of the area. This was a tragic story where a man carjacked an NHP trooper's vehicle during a traffic stop back on January 28th -- five weeks ago.  The suspect then committed another carjacking before killing himself.
  Why is the crime scene tape still there probably just an oversight but its surprisingly difficult to find out.
  I checked with the Nevada Highway Patrol, since the crime tape is located along interstate 80.  They told me it is the Washoe County Sheriff's Office which has jurisdiction over that scene since they headed up the investigation.   So I checked with the sheriff's office, and they told me no, It's not their scene, that i'd have to check with the Lyon County Sheriff's Department since it is in Lyon County.  
   Maybe you can guess what happened next: When I called Lyon County and asked them who was in charge of cleaning up that crime tape, they told me, its not them, it's Washoe County !
So its just some crime tape remnants we're talking about but none of the agencies involved seem to want to take responsibility.  I'll keep checking to see if we can get to the bottom of whose job it is to clean up that area in the wake of that very disturbing crime that happened there.   Of course no wants to be reminded of it every time they pass by that area and see the crime tape blowing in the wind.

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