Dan's mother, Sally Zamlen, has been investigating the case on her own and, in the hopes of setting the record straight, she has shared with me some of her alarming findings with me, such as:
- inconsistencies in statements made by those who last saw Dan
- cell phone records that do not match up with witness statements
- text messages deleted from the phone of witnesses
- physical evidence suggesting that Dan Zamlen was not overly intoxicated/incoherent
- reasons to believe Dan was not gay and having an identity crisis
- evidence that Dan had been thrown out of a bar in downtown Minneapolis the night before he disappeared and an attempted robbery had taken place
- medical examiner findings that point away from an accidental fall or jump into the river
- witness statements that Dan drank Vodka that "tasted bad" and that other partygoers had gotten unusually sick after drinking it; high levels of GHB in his body
From: Sally Zamlen [address not disclosed]
Subject: March 6 Tabloid/Slander article re Kevin Gannon
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2010 13:32:30 -0600
CC: Sally Zamlen [address not disclosed]
I am responding to your mud slinging article regarding "a sexual assault" during the investigation for my missing son, Dan Zamlen. It is my hope that you print this in its entirety & don't "pick & choose" statements only to further your trashy reporting.
I find it interesting that while this assault case was closed last summer, the St Paul PD found it necessary to call the the media the day after I spoke with St Paul Mayor Chris Coleman & once again pointed out the many opportunities his officers had to truly investigate my son's case - yet chose to do nothing. Similar to the "LEAK" made to WCCO on Feb 8, of my son's supposed issues with his sexuality & the statements by Anna Chappius & Sarah Nelson. These statements are their opinions - as I stated before "you can say anything about a dead man". I wonder why his "very concerned friends" felt the need to make this "information" the focus of the investigation, yet if this is true - they chose to do nothing while Dan was alive. I find it amazing that it's not enough that my son is dead, the media is now trying to assassinate his character. I have been warned that the more we press for the truth, the more vicious the reporting will become.
Since when is it Police Protocol to call the media & let them know when sexual assault cases are going to be available? I personally feel that the victim's rights have been violated, especially when there was no conviction. Perhaps these "leaks" only occur when PD performance is questioned?. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!
I find that type of reporting as well as your articles thoroughly disgusting - especially when there is an opportunity to report the FACTS.
I make the same challenge to you as I did to WCCO's Esme Murphy to actually sit down & read my son's case file & actually think about what you are reading. There are so many inconsistencies, holes & overlooked information it makes my stomach turn. Of course, then there are the FACTS. But why would the media be interested in that? Perhaps to save a life? No, sensational reporting is what brings in the big bucks.
The FACTS are that the statements of the friends Dan was with that night are NOT consistent.
FACT: Anna Chappius stated that Dan called her from his phone, Dan's phone records DO NOT indicate that he called Anna AT ALL after 11:30 pm.
FACT: Sarah Nelson stated that Dan had left her a voice mail AND she talked to Dan two times, once stating that he was by the river, but was not there anymore & another stating that Dan didn't want to live anymore. FACT: Dan's phone records INDICATE 1 (1 minute) phone call & 1 voice message.
FACT: Dan DID try to call /text Tim & Chad four times each, while "extremely intoxicated", waking down St Claire Ave in a "snowstorm". FACT: Dan's text messages were deleted from Chad's phone.
FACT: I have his last recorded voicemail, in which he stated to Sarah (the designated driver) that he was walking toward the river. Dan is coherent & only offered his location, NOT his mental status.
FACT: The search dogs found a "bodily fluid" belonging to Dan in the backseat of Anna's car. FACT: The PD DID NOT test this fluid or ask any questions about it.
FACT: The night before Dan went missing, he was with his "friends" at the 1st Ave Nite Club in Minneapolis. Dan was thrown out of the bar for wearing an incorrect wristband. He was separated from his friends & stated to his friends that he was approached by 5 men outside the club & asked for his wallet. Dan further stated to friends that he "ran" from these people. Sound familiar? Perhaps Dan was supposed to have his "tragic accident" on Friday night, but even though "extremely intoxicated" he was able to out run these people.
FACT: Two coroners determined that my son had NO injuries to suggest a "Fall or Jump" into the river.
FACT: the Ramsey Co ME could not determine 100% that Dan did in fact drown, only that he was found in water.
FACT: Significant elevated GHB levels were found in my son's liver. FACT: The RAMSEY CO ME called the GHB level irrelevant & refused to test the liver sample in their custody to determine if the GHB level had changed significantly between the first & second autopsies.
FACT: The St Paul PD "ruled out the River" on April 9. FACT: Cadavor dogs had four hits in the river & four bodies were found while Dan was missing.
FACT: Drowning victims usually surface six to ten days after drowning. FACT: The River was flowing 400 times faster than normal & was flowing four feet over the dam, yet Dan's body only traveled 2 miles & didn't surface for 27 days. FACT: Dan's insulin pod was still attached.
FACT: The St Paul PD have statements from four "underage party goers " that Dan drank "some vodka"- they don't know how much - before the party (& yes, they were drinking with him!). He then stated to a friend "he wasn't going to drink the vodka anymore - it tasted bad" - although GHB is a clear substance - not easily detected, it does have a "salty taste"! FACT: The PD never investigated where the vodka came from.
FACT: Statements from four friends state that Dan paid $5.00 for his cup to drink from the keg at the home of 21 year old, AUSTIN KANE.
FACT: Austin Kane told officers that he had overheard Dan saying he was going to the Rugby House (?). Four of his underage friends stated that they also purchased a cup & drank from the keg. One friend reported that he had become physically ill - vomiting at the party FOUR times - unusual for him "because he's drank way more than that & not gotten sick". FACT: Side effects of GHB are vomiting, confusion, loss of memory, passing out & death.
FACT: Andre & Chad both stated that Anna "publicly" kissed Dan, while dancing at the party. Chad stated that Dan was "happy" after Anna kissed him & Chad encouraged Dan to "go back to her", but Dan didn't. Anna did not include "the kiss" in her statement.
FACT: SGT PATRICK KANE supervised patrol officer Xue Vang when responding to the call from Anna Chappius at St Claire & Miss River Blvd. Anna reported that Dan called her & seemed in trouble & said he didn't want to live anymore. (Again, phone records do not reflect this). FACT: Sgt Patrick Kane did not return to the house party at the home of Austin Kane - to investigate the party.
FACT: Anna also stated that the last time she saw Dan was at 2300 hours (11 pm ?). Sarah Nelson reported that although Dan had been depressed in the past, lately he seemed happy about life. Sarah also stated that the last time she saw Dan was 1938 hrs (7:38 pm?) on 4/4/09. I guess they forgot they were at the party with him!
FACT: Friends don't remember seeing Dan after 2:20 am, but hurried (2 minutes by vehicle, 9 minutes walking) to the intersection. Original call to PD 2:57 am. So what happened between 2:20 am & 2:57 am? PD DID NOT try to find out.
FACT: Sarah Nelson stated that she was surprised when she suggested to Anna to call the police & Anna vehemently said NO.
FACT: There are seven (at least) different versions of what went on that night, made by the two designated drivers. Sarah, "Dan was extremely intoxicated, but we don't know how much he drank". Anna stated that Dan was "all over her" at the party. Sarah stated that Dan was "all over her" at the party. Anna, "When I last talked to Dan (although he had all of these issues) he seemed REALLY UPBEAT". "Things took a bad turn". "I saw him standing there & when I turned my car around, he was gone". He yelled 'Help Anna, where are you". Sarah stated that Dan told her he was by the river, but was not there anymore. FACT: A footprint thought to belong to Dan was found walking into the street.
FACT: THE IN-FIGHTING & MUD SLINGING between all of the people "dedicated" to finding the truth has to stop. It's appalling to think that anyone would try to sell newspapers, write books or get movie deals at the expense of these "tragic accidents". Yes, you can buy a copy of Dan's case file from the PD for $98.00.
Perhaps the energies of Kristie Piehl, Kevin Gannon & Nancy Sabin, Colleges & Universities, and the FBI should be shifted to investigating why the PD has so many "tragic accidents". How about educating students & parents - that being charged with "underage consumption" is the least of their worries when attending these parties. Oh, we don't want to scare anyone away from our college campuses. We will just put the blinders on & hope no one else has "an accident".
As for giving families FALSE HOPE - what's more hopeless than having SPPD Sr Commander tell you (April 28) that "your son was a very troubled young man, we'll find him when the river gives him up. We don 't have time to look for him, we have 100 missing person cases a week!" Why investigate an underage party, the GHB level, or the inconsistent statements when you have the opinion of two girls, who have known the victim for 6 months