Remarks prepared for delivery by FBI Salt Lake City Senior Resident Supervisory Officer Zach Schoffstall at a press conference regarding the homicide of Kristin David – FBI
Good afternoon. Thank you all for being here today. My name is Zach Schoffstall and I am the Senior Resident Supervisory Officer at the Coeur d’Alene office of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Division, which covers Idaho, Utah and Montana. I am happy to be joined by our partner law enforcement agencies including Lewiston Police Department, Clarkston Police Department, Latah County Sheriff’s Office, Nez County Sheriff’s Office Perce, Asotin County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police, and Nez Perce County. The prosecutor’s office. I am also honored to be joined by Anne Mackey.
Tomorrow we solemnly celebrate the 40th anniversary of the disappearance and murder of Kristin David.
For 40 years her family has been in mourning and today we all face the harsh reality that after so long the identity of Kristin’s killer is still unknown. This crime, which not only changed the lives of Kristin’s family but also shattered the sense of safety and security in this close-knit community, remains unresolved.
Let’s be clear: at this time, Kristin’s murder is not a closed case. It is not going to go away, and we are more committed than ever to solving it.
But we need your help.
Today we renew our call for help from the public. We believe there are members of the community, whether they remain local or not, who have yet to provide information that could help resolve this matter. If you haven’t spoken to law enforcement about what you know, please come forward now.
No tip is too small or insignificant.
We understand that some people with knowledge of the matter may be reluctant to come forward. This may be due to close relationships with those who may be involved, as well as a concern for their reputation or reputation in our community and among their friends. We recognize this and we know that relationships can change over time. Whatever the reason, it’s not too late to call us.
In addition to relevant advice from the public, technological advances allow us to continuously develop new avenues of inquiry and re-examine old ones. The working methods of this type of case have also improved considerably over the years, allowing us to see this case from a new perspective.
In 2018, our Lewiston resident agency initiated a full review of the case, which included a full inventory of physical evidence remaining in FBI custody. Potentially key evidence found on and near Kristin’s body continues to be examined and sent for renewed DNA testing as new technologies become available. As you may have seen in recent media reports, advancements in areas such as forensic genealogy and DNA analysis have led to resolutions in many older cases, including those that have become cold.
In addition, nearly four decades of documents and reports from the FBI file have been revamped. Records that had been kept by local agencies were digitized and incorporated into this file. A detailed review of these files is underway. But already, this has sparked new investigative activity as we – and our local law enforcement partners – work diligently to pursue old leads.
One of the challenges in dealing with this decades-old, multi-jurisdictional case involving numerous law enforcement agencies is dealing with the possibility that crucial information received at the start of the investigation or at the start of the investigation. over the years have been misclassified or inadvertently lost.
And so, if you have already submitted information to law enforcement, we thank you. But we ask that you please start over to ensure that the information has been correctly recorded, reviewed and retained.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that Kristin’s case has long been associated with several other high-profile cases of murdered and missing people in the region during the same time period. We are not ruling out the possibility that Kristin’s murder is linked to these murders, but we are investigating Kristin separately. That’s all I’ll say about the other cases today.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all of our partners here today for their efforts and dedication to this investigation.
We remain hopeful that we can always get justice for Kristin and answers for her family.
Many years ago, authorities received an anonymous letter that said, in part, “the pain of losing someone like Kristin David lives on forever.”
Kristin’s family will always feel the pain of her loss. But there is still time to resolve this matter and provide them with answers. We know that with the help of the public it can be done.