From my perspective, the dispatch logs are the best way to get a ‘global’ sense of what was going on with law enforcement the evening of Feb 9th. They are also interesting to me because we know for a fact (from Det. Landry’s affidavit) that police have withheld some of dispatch records as evidence in a potential criminal prosecution in the future. So while the discrepancies outlined below could mean nothing at all, the purpose of highlighting them is due to the off-chance someone is able to connect the dots in a meaningful way.
There are four calls missing from the GCSO dispatch logs on the evening of Feb. 9th (noted below), one of which was call #4767. In Podcast #23, KF explains how these calls may have been ‘merged’ with calls that occurred outside Grafton County’s jurisdiction. The police gave KF the time stamp for each of the missing calls along with any available data they had. Three of the four call times make sense in terms of what you would expect given the sequence of the call numbers. Call #4767 is an outlier.
Call #4766 came in at 11:03 PM and call #4768 came in at 11:38 PM. You would therefore logically expect for call #4767 to occur sometime between 11:03 PM and 11:38 PM. Yet the police told KF that call #4767 came in at 9:12 PM. Just from a technical standpoint, it seems odd that call #4767 could be recorded prior to #4766.
In the GSO log, it’s clear that dispatch does a “time check” every half hour (on the dot). But you will notice that there is an hour and a half (possibly two hours) missing between the hours of 9:30 PM and 11:00 PM (or 11:30 PM). This is the only instance of any missing time checks for the twenty-four hour period. The timing is curious for a few reasons.
The first is the proximity to call #4762 at 9:35 PM, which states that Officer McKay was ‘in the area of the motel’ and did not respond to dispatch. The only way we could know if McKay was accounted for between 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM would be if he showed up (or failed to show up) in those time checks.
Secondly, in the picture below you can see that the last time stamp on the first page of the GSO log is 23:25. However the first time stamp on the second page is 23:24. There isn't much we can infer from this except that there appears to be sequencing issue. That would not be particularly interesting except that it seems possible that the call referencing the valley news at 23:24 PM (11:24 PM) could actually be the “missing” call #4767.
Which makes more sense -- that the valley news call is actually #4767 and the call number was somehow cut off the PDF? Or that call #4767 somehow occurred two hours before call #4766 at 9:12 PM? If the answer is the former, then it would beg the question as to why the police told KF that call #4767 occurred at 9:12 PM, and whether there may be an additional missing call that occurred at that time.
Of course the sequencing discrepancies, missing time checks, and proximity to Officer McKay’s radio silence could be nothing more than a series of coincidences. On the other hand, they may also be an indication that the calls (or call numbers) were altered in some way, which could suggest the time frame between approximately 9:12 PM and 11:30 PM is significant to the case in some way.