May 15

And the games continue…

Below is going to be a series of emails between Lt. Keith Perkins and myself. I copy Leyona on all of my emails so she knows what is going on and as you will see she finally gets fed up with their games. Two months after sending the request, I get an email on May 13, 2016 verifying where to send the file…. We are waiting on pins and needles to see what they send this time!!!

Viktoria Gavre

Mar 18
to Leyona

 

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Viktoria Gavre
Date: Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: Records request
To: Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>

Lt. Perkins,

Lt. Carnline sent me a part of the case file citing the 10 year rule. The 10 years have now past and I would like a more than the 91 pages that were sent to me in the past. He also did not include any of the photographs, any copies of the recorded conversations/interviews, any video recordings nor did he send any copies of the EMS reports nor a copy of the 911 call.

Sir, with all due respect, even Heather’s family has requested a copy of the entire file only to be denied. At one point the photographs that were sent to Heather’s brother Hunter were of such poor quality (darkened black and white copies) that when Hunter first looked at them he thought his sister had been dismembered.

Since the 10 year rule no longer applies, I will again state that I am requesting the entire case file as per my letter dated March 7, 2016. Please let me know the cost of this so I can get it out to you to cover the expenses.

Thank you,

Vikki Gavre

On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 9:58 AM, Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov> wrote:

I spoke with Lt. Carnline this morning who told me that in December of 2014 he supplied you with the case file.  Is there something specific that you feel that you did not get?

 

 

Lt. Keith Perkins

Criminal Records Division

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

801 Murray St.

Alexandria, la 71301

318-473-6858

Fax  318-449-5463

email: kperkins@rpso.la.gov

 

Viktoria Gavre

Mar 31
to TheMelvin202

Lt.Perkins,

I would like to know the status of the FOIA request on the Skarina case that was submitted to your office.

Thank you,

Viktoria Gavre

Viktoria Gavre

Mar 31
to Leyona

Notice the name change from Keith Perkins to TheMelvin202

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Viktoria Gavre
Date: Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 12:19 AM
Subject: FOIA Request Update
To: TheMelvin202 <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>

Lt.Perkins,

I would like to know the status of the FOIA request on the Skarina case that was submitted to your office.

Thank you,

Viktoria Gavre

Leyona

Mar 31
to me

that’s just weird..

Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>

Mar 31
to me

I apologize for the delay, this file is stored in a long term storage facility located just outside of Alexandria and I have not had the opportunity to go there to retrieve the file in question.  I will retrieve the file and get it to you as quickly as possible.

 

 

Lt. Keith Perkins

Criminal Records Division

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

801 Murray St.

Alexandria, la 71301

318-473-6858

Fax  318-449-5463

email: kperkins@rpso.la.gov

Viktoria Gavre

Apr 6
to TheMelvin202, bcc: Leyona, bcc: Shannon

Lt. Perkins,

I am inquiring on the status of my request that was on the Skarina file. It has been a week since our last communication and I would like to know where we are in the process of obtaining this file.

Thank you

Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>

Apr 6
to me

I have retrieved the file and am reviewing your request as it relates to the file, here are my findings thus far;

 

  1. You have the majority of the file already.
  2. At the time we only used cassette recorders and you have the typed statements from those recordings.
  3. I am supplying you with the photos I received from crime scene detectives.
  4. There were no in car camera’s used in 2005 nor do I see anything concerning patrolman, “ Westley Clark”
  5. There is no mention of 911 recordings or calls in the file and no EMS reports either.

 

Please review this response and let me know what our next step is to help bring this matter to a close.

 

Respectfully submitted

 

 

Lt. Keith Perkins

Criminal Records Division

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

801 Murray St.

Alexandria, la 71301

318-473-6858

Fax  318-449-5463

email: kperkins@rpso.la.gov

 

 

 

From: Viktoria Gavre
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 10:27
To: TheMelvin202
Subject: Skarina file

Viktoria Gavre

Apr 6
to Leyona

Call me !!!!! So we can organize my response to this dickhead

Viktoria Gavre

Apr 6
to Keith

Lt. Perkins,

Lt. Carnline instructed me two years ago that the file was over 2 inches thick, I received 91 pages which is less than a half an inch. So I do not have a “majority of the case file”.

I am requesting the case file in its entirety. That is copies of all audio tapes (this can be done as it has been for years in cases where cassette has been transferred to CD for court presentation). This is to include the audio of Carl Bordelon as mentioned in his report, both the interrogation interviews since various items were noted to be “inaudible” I can have someone clear the tape up to make the audio clearer if you are unable to do so.

I will make the correction now as to the dashcam video of officer Wayne Clark not “Westley Clark” as stated in my request on March 7th, or if you would like I will provide another official FOIA request for this. If you do not have video I would like to know the date that video was placed in the vehicles in your department.

All cases of death outside of a medical facility or the direction of a doctor are to be treated as a homicide unless proven otherwise, so how can there be no recordings or transcripts of the 911 calls that were made on the morning that Heather’s body was not found.

Where are the results of the sexual assault kit, this was listed in the autopsy report yet the results from that test are not there. Please do not tell me that the detectives on this case took the word of someone who was supposedly to be re-interviewed as a suspect word for consensual sex?

If you want me and my repeated request to go away and you want to “bring a close to this matter” then release the entire file with all audio/video/logs/photographs and other evidence that was collected in this case. Then I will no longer send request to your department in reference to this case. Since your department has deemed this case closed due to suicide there should be no issue with my request.

You will have to excuse my brash tone, but for two years I have been requesting and for over 10 years the mother of Heather has been requesting this file.

Thank you,

Viktoria Gavre

Viktoria Gavre

Apr 6
to Leyona

Leyona

Apr 6
to me

BTW: We DO NOT HAVE any transcripts from Carls recordings at the scene

at least I haven’t seen that any where..

Viktoria Gavre

Apr 6
to Leyona

that is in the email.

Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>

Apr 8
to me

Ms. Gavre

 

First of all, I have no problem releasing what you are entitle to, according to Public Records Act, you are not entitle to the entire case file because it contains medical information that is covered by the Public Records Act.  I will provide a list of what I am not releasing.  I will have to find the cassettes used to record the statements in this case which will take some time. I understand you are frustrated by the difficulty you have had getting what you have requested.  I will try to resolve this a fast as possible.

 

Respectfully submitted

 

 

Lt. Keith Perkins

Criminal Records Division

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

801 Murray St.

Alexandria, la 71301

318-473-6858

Fax  318-449-5463

email: kperkins@rpso.la.gov

 

 

 

From: Viktoria Gavre
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 15:03
To: Keith Perkins
Subject: Re: Skarina file

Viktoria Gavre

Apr 8
to MOM, Keith, Leyona, bcc: Shannon

Lt. Perkins,

Thank you for your email. I would like to direct your attention to Det. Stephans report, he states that there is an “audio CD” of Lt. Bordelon’s conversations when he first arrived at the scene. So this would lead me to believe that the interviews are on CD and/or video if your department video taped the “interrogation interviews” like most other departments. Then I would further direct your attention that further in his statement he says that “in-car video of the events that happened along Hwy 165 were not available due to the positioning of the vehicles”, which would also lead one to believe that the same officer Wayne Clark had in car video of the disturbance call at the home of Leslie Clark’s.

I have the 911 call center log, as well as the EMS report from Acadian, but if you have the audio of those calls or at least acknowledge if they are in the file so the family may request them.

My frustration is at the fact that Lt. Carnline quoted a rule to me in December, 2014 LSA RS 44:3 F, knowing it was going to be obsolete in 2015. My frustration is that your office has released the autopsy report yet myself nor the family has ever received a copy of the coroner’s report.

Please understand that the frustration is not directed at you personally. I would like to ask another question, there is concern from Heather’s mother as to the whereabouts of her clothing she was wearing when she was found. Can you tell me if there is an evidence box on this case and if the clothing items are located in that box so I may relay this information to her mother.

Thank you,

Viktoria Gavre

Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>

Apr 8
to me

I just spoke with former detective Stephan and I asked him your questions as they pertained to his investigation.  He told me that if he put that (video) in his report, then he submitted the CD in question to the district attorney’s office.  I can tell you that it is not in the file I have.  Our department did not video interrogations until approximately 3 years ago.  In 2005 we audio taped interviews and interrogation only.   As far as other recordings, I will check other avenues in an effort to locate those.  In regards to LSA RS 44:3 F, I will research this as I am not totally familiar with this at this moment.  You say that my office has released a copy of the autopsy report but you don’t have a copy of it, who did we release it to?  Please know that I am sympathetic with your frustration and will do my best to accommodate as many of your request as possible.

 

Respectfully submitted

 

 

Lt. Keith Perkins

Criminal Records Division

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

801 Murray St.

Alexandria, la 71301

318-473-6858

Fax  318-449-5463

email: kperkins@rpso.la.gov

 

 

 

From: Viktoria Gavre
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2016 13:07
To: Keith Perkins; Leyona G Zeitlin; MOM ♥
Subject: Re: Skarina file

Leyona

Apr 8
to me, Mom, Keith

Mr. Perkins,

As I have sat back reading each one of these emails, I have to say I am frankly surprised by your insistence to block our repeated requests for this COMPLETE CASE FILE.
The Freedom of Information Act REQUIRES you to do exactly that, explain why you are not or will not release EACH specific documentation. At each request this has NEVER BEEN THE CASE.
Now, you curtly think that your pitiful explanation is going to make this easier?
I think not.
My daughter was MURDERED in your Parish and I plan to prove it.
With or without your HELP.

Why exactly do you continue to block our repeated requests for these documents if there is nothing to hide?
Your office has purposefully lied, sent horrendous photocopies that aren’t worth the paper the were printed on, given me false information which I can only assume was to drag this out and make my life a living hell.
You sir wouldn’t have lasted one day fighting the way I have for the last 11 years. BEGGING FOR INFORMATION.
My daughter did not harm herself and the facts do not lie.
We are asking that you do your JOB and fulfill the request as written.

I do believe we have been EXTREMELY  SPECIFIC ABOUT THE ITEMS IN QUESTION.

The 911 CALL sheet proves that Mr Skarina was setting up the stage to claim suicide.
He told them she ran into traffic on Saturday night?! No!! She was running away from HIM! She had gotten about a half a mile away from the vehical before Patrolman Wayne Clark saw her flagging traffic to GET OUT OF TOWN!!!
There was a police report less that 24 hours old yet no one thought anything of this FACT?

Bottom line Mr Perkins. I AM AGAIN REQUESTING THE RELEASE OF the COMPLETE CASE FILE. INCLUDING ANY AND ALL EVIDENCE.
My daughter’s belongings didn’t just disappear into thin air.
I have asked repeatedly since the day my daughter’s body was found in that house.
It’s been 11 years and I’m still waiting on answers and I’m NOT GOING AWAY.

so, You ask, What can we do to make this go away?
Give me the entire file, photos, videos, transcripts, audios, etc… And I will GLADLY NEVER CONTACT YOU EVER AGAIN.

THAT IS HOW WE’LL END THIS.

Thank you for your time.

I look forward to the COMPLETE file to be sent at your earliest convenience.

Leyona

PS: If you have any questions you are more than welcome to call ME.
I’m Hawaiian standard time. Which is 4 hours earlier than central.

Viktoria Gavre

Apr 8
to Keith, Leyona

Well, then we are going to have a problem with evidence, because according to Det. Stephan’s report, the “investigative file is being submitted for review by the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General to determine whether or not any prosecutable criminal offenses exist. It is my understanding that due to a potential conflict involving the back child support issue the Rapides District Attorney has been recused from handling this matter.”

That is a direct quote from his report dated March 19, 2006. The AG’s office says they only received 227 pages from your department and they have sent me all 227 pages they had in the file, so there is clear evidence in this case that is missing somewhere.

I said that your office released the autopsy report, that is different from the local coroner’s report. The coroner’s report is what the local coroner, Marcus Blakeley, would have written since he is the one that was on scene and the one that transported her body from the scene.

Det. Ribaudo’s “supplemental report” is a joke at best as no one who was a qualified Crime Scene Investigator would have such a non-detailed report in the file. The fact that Ribaudo listed this crime as a “suicide” without toxicology reports and further examination of the evidence is beyond me, but on his trip report he did just that.

The fact that there was a sexual assault kit performed yet the results have not been released and every time the question is asked it is ignored. Lt. Perkins, imagine this was your daughter, she ends up dead in her estranged mother’s home. You have medical documents from her personal doctors stating she had zero contact with her mother and an outright hatred for her. This is what her mother is dealing with.

Heather had no contact with Michael Skarina, she was getting ready to file a back child support judgement against him, she ended up dead at his home by a drug that was prescribed to him. You are told your daughter had consensual sex with a stranger because that is what he said, yet there was a rape kit done on her at autopsy. Your told she went out drinking yet no alcohol is in her system. The police expect her mother to believe that she showed up at Michael Skarina’s house without her car, did not tell her job she was leaving, did not cancel doctors appointments that were made within a couple of days of her being seen in Louisiana, called three different people to ask them to come get her from Michael’s house because he would not take her back to Mississippi and the list goes on.

The mother only wants answers and if the end result is the same at least she would have had a chance to see it all for herself. But at this point she has been fed one line after another so she is clearly upset that she is being denied the chance to have an independent person look at the file.

So as you can see yes we are frustrated and all we want is a chance to get the file so we may review it ourselves and see if we come up with the same conclusion or not.

Leyona

Apr 8
to me

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>
Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 9:09 AM
Subject: RE: Skarina file
To: Leyona

I have received your request and it will be processed as expeditiously as possible.

 

Respectfully submitted

 

 

Lt. Keith Perkins

Criminal Records Division

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

801 Murray St.

Alexandria, la 71301

318-473-6858

Fax  318-449-5463

email: kperkins@rpso.la.gov

 

 

 

From: Leyona
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2016 13:49
To: Viktoria Gavre
Cc: Mom; Keith Perkins
Subject: Re: Skarina file

Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>

Apr 13
to Leyona, me

I wanted to give you an update on the file you have requested.  I am preparing a copy of our entire file as you requested, including copies of the photos on disc as well as recorded statements to be put on disc.  The statements haven’t been located yet but I am trying to find them.  I am working as diligently as possible to put this all together and get it to you.

 

Respectfully submitted

 

 

Lt. Keith Perkins

Criminal Records Division

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

801 Murray St.

Alexandria, la 71301

318-473-6858

Fax  318-449-5463

email: kperkins@rpso.la.gov

 

 

 

From: Leyona
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2016 13:49
To: Viktoria Gavre
Cc: Mom; Keith Perkins
Subject: Re: Skarina file

Leyona

Apr 13
to Keith, me, Mom

Mr. Perkins,

Thank you for the update on your progress.

I sincerely appreciate your time in this matter.
As I am anxious to receive the items in question.

Regards,
Leyona

CC: Mom, Viki

Viktoria Gavre

Apr 21
to Keith, Leyona

Have you located the other information and when can I expect the packet?

Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>

Apr 22
to me

I have been in training this week but I do have the file copied, I am still trying to locate the audio recordings, as I mentioned these are located at a remote storage facility and I will be going there next week.  I am working on completing this request  as soon as I possibly can.

 

 

Lt. Keith Perkins

Criminal Records Division

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

801 Murray St.

Alexandria, la 71301

318-473-6858

Fax  318-449-5463

email: kperkins@rpso.la.gov

 

 

 

From: Viktoria Gavre
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2016 14:55
To: Keith Perkins
Cc: Leyona
Subject: RE: Skarina file

Viktoria Gavre

Apr 22
to Leyona

Leyona

Apr 22
to me, Keith, Mom

Mr. Perkins,

This makes entirely no sense to me.

I suppose I’m confused because the audio CD was with Det. Stephans report. Why would they not be together within the file?
Is it routine to split up a case file & it’s attachments and put it in random places?
You’ve told us that this file was off site previously and you retrieved it. Yet now the file is again off site?
This is getting rather tedious don’t you think?
For one time could someone please not give us half information? Drag us for weeks with ridiculous excuses as to why you can’t or won’t do your job?

I certainly hope your week of training included how to fulfill a records request properly & in a timely manner.

Frankly, I’m tired of this run around.
Your weekly emails putting us of another week every week are a tad boring now.

This request should have been fulfilled by now according to Louisiana State law.

I still do not understand the reason for all this unless there is something to hide.

This case was closed. I’ve repeatedly requested this file since day ONE & now for over 10 years.
Yet, here I am still begging for information on HOW MY DAUGHTER DIED IN YOUR STATE WITHOUT A REAL INVESTIGATION?

I again ask that you please fulfill this repeated request and stop regurgitating the same line, “It’s off site”.
We were told it’s been within your office for well over 2 years, so please stop insulting my/our intelligence.

I look forward to receiving this file in its entirety before month’s end.

Regards,

Leyona

Viktoria Gavre

May 5 (10 days ago)

to TheMelvin202, Leyona

Lt. Perkins,

Since it is taking you extra time to find the other information. Can you please send me what you have so far and then continue your search and send the rest of the materials once you have located them.
Also, please let me know if you need another request as per the evidence box location and contents.
Thanks

Keith Perkins <kperkins@rpso.la.gov>

May 13 (2 days ago)
to me

I am ready to send the entire file that is in the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s department as you requested.  I need to know where to send the file to?

 

Lt. Keith Perkins

Criminal Records Division

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

801 Murray St.

Alexandria, la 71301

318-473-6858

Fax  318-449-5463

email: kperkins@rpso.la.gov



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