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SBI to investigate Leland PD missing evidence

Leland Town Manager David Hollis said the SBI is currently investigating Sergeant Patrick McGowan in regards to missing evidence. (Source: WECT) Leland Town Manager David Hollis said the SBI is currently investigating Sergeant Patrick McGowan in regards to missing evidence. (Source: WECT)
LELAND, NC (WECT) -

The Leland Police Department has called the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate two cases within their department. In both cases, LPD employees have been suspended.

Leland Town Manager David Hollis said the SBI is currently investigating Sergeant Patrick McGowan in regards to missing evidence. The type of missing evidence has not been released.

McGowan confirmed he is part of the SBI's investigation, and that he was placed on unpaid administrative leave Monday.

The town was first made aware of the missing evidence last week. Hollis said during the course of processing evidence they noticed some was missing, but again wouldn't say what items had been removed.

In a telephone conversation, McGowan claimed his innocence, saying he didn't do anything wrong.

Hollis said the Leland Police Department was in the process of conducting an internal investigation when they decided to call the SBI for assistance.

The SBI has begun asking questions and tracking down the missing evidence according to Hollis. 

Hollis also said Detective Ryan O'Conner had been suspended without pay since Aug. 4 because of a separate incident.

Officials said to avoid jeopardizing the case they cannot release any further details about the investigations.

This isn't the first time the SBI has been called in to investigate the department. In 2012, the SBI began looking into allegations of criminal activity inside the department as well as the release of personnel records by a former employee.

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