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The Park County Board of Commissioners, acting by and through Park County coroner David Kintz Jr., has filed a legal complaint against the Canyon Courier's umbrella organization Evergreen Newspapers, as well as reporter Sal Christ and editor Michael Hicks, seeking to restrict access to Maggie Long's autopsy.
The complaint, filed in Park County District Court on Monday, seeks to legally bar the inspection and release of Long's autopsy on grounds that allowing public access to the files would “do substantial injury to the public interest by jeopardizing and hindering the investigation of her death.”
The complaint comes a month after Evergreen Newspapers sent letters of intent to sue the coroner, as well as 11th Judicial District Attorney Molly Chilson, over their failure to fulfill a Dec. 14, 2017, Colorado Open Records Act request for access to Long's autopsy. As the Courier previously reported, Kintz Jr. has repeatedly denied requests to release the autopsy since January at the request of Chilson.
KUSA — Park County Sheriff-elect Tom McGraw said investigating who murdered 17-year-old Maggie Long nearly one year ago is one of his "top priorities."
It’s been nearly a year since the remains of Long were found inside her burned home in Bailey. In those 12 months, no suspects have been named in the case. Outgoing Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener also called the case priority No. 1 at the time.
McGraw said he plans to connect with other agencies that are working on it within two weeks of taking the reigns from Wegener and being sworn into the position Jan 8.
"Obviously what is going on is not working," McGraw told 9NEWS. "I have it as one of my top priorities."
He also said he has not yet been briefed on the status of the investigation.