Police re-examining Kurt Cobain death case

Seattle police are re-examining the death case of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, nearly 20 years after the singer was found dead in his home near Lake Washington, WA.

KIRO 7 TV in Seattle reports that last month, police developed four rolls of film that had been sitting for years in a Seattle police evidence vault. The 35 mm film was processed by the King County Sheriff’s Office photo lab under high security.

Though the pictures have a slight green tint because of deterioration, police say they more clearly show the scene than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators.

The final investigation report has not been completed as of press time, and police say that the images of Cobain dead at the scene will not be released to the public.

During tonight’s (March 20th) KIRO 7 Eyewitness News at 11, a reporter will speak with the detective who re-investigated the case and ask him about the new details in the investigation.

The station claims it has obtained an image from the scene that has not previously been made public which will be shown during that newscast and explained why police wanted to examine it as part of the investigation.

Cobain was found dead in his home on April 8, 1994 by an electrician who was called to the home at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East.

Smith told KIRO 7 at the time, “I noticed something on the floor and I thought it was a manikin. So I looked a little closer and geez, that’s a person. I looked a little closer and I could see blood and an ear and a weapon laying on his chest.”

“Our detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches.”

A suicide note was also reportedly found at sitting atop planting soil in the greenhouse.

The medical examine determined Cobain had killed himself three days prior while police said Cobain had a lethal dose of heroin before he was shot. Cobain’s used syringes and heroin kit were kept in the Seattle police evidence unit and were part of the re-investigation along with the previously undeveloped film.

During the report, the station will also ask the lead detective about the evidence and why it was kept for so long, even though the initial investigation was ruled a suicide.

The station also states that police were called to the home less than a month prior to his death, on March 18, 1994, after Cobain “locked himself in a room” and said he was going to kill himself. However, Cobain told police he was not suicidal and didn’t want to kill himself even though he “had a gun in the room” at the time of the incident.

KIRO 7 also reports that a Seattle police department spokeswoman said last year that the department gets at least one request per week to reopen the investigation, mostly through Twitter.

The public affairs unit keeps the basic incident report on file because of the number of requests, and police have said no other Seattle police case has received similar attention over two decades.

Despite the TV news report, the Seattle Police Department claims via Twitter that the case has not been re-opened.

Case closed!

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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