Questions I'd Like to Have Answered
Question #1 for San Diego LE: Is it true that there was blood
and fingerprints found in the van Dam home that matched no one in the family and none of the van Dam friends? Blood
and fingerprints that were never matched to anyone, but ruled out as belonging to David Westerfield?
Question #2: Is it true that a dark brown, possibly Asian
or Hispanic type hair was found under Danielle van Dam's body and a brown hair found in her armpit? Hair that did not
belong to David Westerfield but was never checked against the sex offenders in any state DNA data bank?
Question #3: Is it true that a condom wrapper was found beside
Danielle's body that was never checked for fingerprints?
Question #4: Is it true that tire prints and shoe prints
were found at the dump site when Danielle's body was recovered?
Question #5: Is it true that a bloodhound named Maggie Mae
tracked Danielle's scent to a vacant house next to the van Dams and not to David Westerfield's property? *1
Question #6: Is it true that police detective Michael Ott
checked out evidence marked property tag #MWO3863 and that particular piece of evidence was Westerfield's jacket
which was claimed to have Danielle's DNA on it? *2
Question #7: How is it possible that 5 of the 6
experts who testified, agreed that Danielle van Dam had been dead anywhere from 4-6 weeks making it impossible for David
Westerfield to have left her body at the Dehesa recovery site? David Westerfield was under constant police surveillance
from February 5th, 2002 until his arrest.
Question #8: Why was DNA extract from the purported blood stain on Westerfield's jacket sent
to Orchid Cellmark for testing, rather than a cut out of the actual jacket? *3
Question #9: San Diego police confiscated a green jacket belonging to Westerfield
from a local dry cleaner and testified that this jacket had a stain containing Danielle's blood. Why are there no photographs
of the jacket before it was cut up by lab techs?
--William C. Rodriguez, forensic anthropoligist, estimated
Danielle died between Jan. 17 and Jan. 31 (Danielle didn't disappear until February 2nd), but pressed by prosecutors, expanded
time frame to include Feb. 1 to Feb. 6.
--Robert D. Hall, forensic entomologist, said, the victim's
body was infested by the blow flies "no later than Feb. 23, 2002 and no earlier than February the 12th, 2002."
--M. Lee Goff, forensic entomologist, estimated time
of death was Feb. 9 to Feb. 14.
--David K. Faulkner, forensic entomologist, estimated time
of death to be Feb. 16 to Feb. 18.
--Neal Haskell, forensic entomologist, estimated time of
death as Feb. 14 to Feb. 21
--Brian Blackbourne, San Diego
Medical Examiner, testified that Danielle died between Feb. 1 and Feb. 18.
*1) North County Times article Father
goes on search for abducted daughter dated February 12, 2002 by staff writer Yvette Urrea, and CNN.com article Neighbor
still 'potential suspect' in missing girl case dated February 14, 2002.
*2) Transcript of David Westerfield Preliminary
Hearing, date March 12, 2002, page 342.
*3) Transcript of David Westerfield trial, date June 20, 2002,
testimony of Lewis Maddox, Orchid Cellmark labratory.