Suspect’s Attorneys Refute CHP’s Press Release
Since soon after two girls were struck by a vehicle on Eel River Drive near Fortuna, the California Highway Patrol has released little information. Rumors have run rampant. Today, the CHP released information naming two individuals who they called “parties of interest in this investigation.”
Tonight, two attorneys for one of those individuals–Marci Kitchen, mother of one of the victims and owner of the suspect vehicle—wrote a scathing letter back to the CHP and provided the letter to us.
Below is the letter sent to the California Highway Patrol from the attorneys for Marci Kitchen:
July 21, 2016
Humboldt Area CHP
Arcata, CA 95521
As you know, Attorney Patrik Griego and I represent Ms. Kitchen in the case you are currently investigating.
On Wednesday, July 13th, Attorney Neal Sanders contacted your office on my and Ms. Kitchen’s behalf within 60 minutes of her return to Humboldt County from her daughters’ death bed in Oakland. That call was not returned for several hours prompting Mr. Sanders to again contact your office prior to the close of business. Mr. Sanders provided law enforcement with the location of the vehicle involved in the accident as well as the keys to the residence where the vehicle was located. Mr. Sanders and I also offered to immediately surrender Ms. Kitchen to law enforcement, which CHP declined pending further investigation.
I am troubled by the nature of CHP’s continuing press releases that state that Ms. Kitchen is “in hiding” and, especially now, that that CHP asked for the public’s aid to find/contact her (and Josh Pearlston). This misinformation has the potential of misleading the public and unnecessarily endangering people. Attorney Griego and myself have been in essentially daily contact with and available to CHP since July 13. We have consistently indicated that if you desired to arrest Ms. Kitchen prior to being able to complete our preliminary investigation that we would make her immediately available for arrest. I am also aware that you had in person contact with Josh Pearlston just yesterday and chose not to detain or arrest him.
I urge your office to release information to the public confirming the foregoing facts, and dispel the notion that either Ms. Kitchen or Mr. Pearlston are “in hiding” to avoid arrest or contact with law enforcement. This is simply not true.
We remain available to meet with your office and or the District Attorney’s Office to discuss this tragic case. And our client remains willing to surrender herself to law enforcement immediately.
Attorney At Law
Attorney at Law
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