Sources close to the original David McGowan murder-suicide investigation tell NewsChannel 3 that FBI agents have questioned them.
Agents are looking into alleged discrepancies with the official story from the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.
They are also looking into the stresses McGowan faced at work and testimony he was being allegedly forced by his bosses to change a report.
But whatever caused David McGowan to kill his family and himself in 2005 has always been a mystery.
Investigators said, then, no suicide note was found but only a reference to a popular song.
McGowan’s former partner Luis Bolanos is now filing federal lawsuit against the DA’s office he and McGowan used to work for.
He says he was fired because he knew McGowan was being pressured by chief investigator Clay Hodson who left his position as our investigation began to change his findings on an investigation surrounding four officers with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department.
That case relied on the testimony of Officer Jacques Million, who was caught on videotape molesting a 14-year-old girl according to former DHS Chief Roy Hill and others on the force.
“I believe the FBI is taking this investigation very seriously,” Bolanos says. “Especially on the depth of the individuals that they’ve contacted. They’re asking all the right people all the right questions and it’s coming out, it’s coming out.”
The FBI is now interviewing people connected to the David McGowan murder-suicide and people surrounding the alleged sex crimes from former Desert Hot Springs officers that were at the center of McGowan’s last case.
The District Attorney’s office has always said McGowan showed no problems at work and that he went on vacation before the murder-suicide.
But pictures uncovered by NewsChannel 3 of McGowan’s workspace at the DA’s office shows he cleared his pictures and other personal mementos days before.
Fellow investigators tell us McGowan confronted his bosses about intimidation to change his report findings before he cleared his things.
Now one of McGowan’s closest friends is taking the offensive against the DA’s office.
“We are requesting a jury trial and we were granted the opportunity to have this heard in Los Angeles County versus Riverside County which I think puts us on a more level playing field.
District Attorney’s office spokesperson Ingrid Wyatt says that they cannot comment on Bolano’s federal lawsuit and that they are fully cooperating with the FBI’s investigations.