Authorities: Unknown DNA found at several locations at scene of Gliniewicz case

  • Charles Joseph Gliniewicz

    Charles Joseph Gliniewicz

  • Lake County sheriff's spokesman Chris Covelli gives an update on the Gliniewicz shooting investigation Monday.

      Lake County sheriff's spokesman Chris Covelli gives an update on the Gliniewicz shooting investigation Monday. Erin Hegarty | Staff Photographer

Updated 9/22/2015 6:54 AM

Authorities investigating the death of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz released new information on gunshot residue and ballistics tests Monday.

"Gunshot residue and ballistics tests do not support or exclude any specific theory in this investigation," Lake County sheriff's spokesman Chris Covelli said.


Covelli says the task force collected DNA from the scene to be run against samples from known offenders in a database. Authorities have not yet found the source of the DNA.

"What I can tell you is there was unknown sourced DNA located at several locations at the scene, more than just one," he said.

Covelli said the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force has collected DNA samples from nearly 80 members of the public since the investigation began and is comparing those samples with what was found at the scene.

Covelli said that while most of the findings from the gunshot residue test have to stay confidential to protect the investigation, authorities can confirm there was more than one shot fired at the scene.

Covelli said the authorities continue to investigate the Sept. 1 shooting as a homicide, and the suspects remain two white men and one black men.

In any death investigation, Covelli said, investigators face pressure to come up with answers quickly.

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"We have to be independent of the pressure," he said. "We have to conduct our own independent, thorough investigation, and truly that's the only way as investigators we can reach justice."

He said investigators have collected approximately 300 leads.

"There has been no slowdown in the investigation," Covelli said. "In fact we're moving forward at a faster pace" than when the investigated started.

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