Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Francisco Olmos
Police investigating the suicide of an 18-year-old police trainee spent two years trying to gain access to her mobile phone to find out the truth about her relationship with an officer.
When investigators finally managed get into the phone, they discovered that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer who discovered her body had deleted text messages sent between them.
Francisco Olmos, 31, is said to have had an intimate relationship with the teenager, something which he denies, and had been sending messages to her in the hours before her death.
On the day of her tragic suicide, the unnamed teenager had sent texted him to say she loved him in the hours before her suicide.
After failing to reach her on the phone, he drove over to her house where he and her father found her dead from a gunshot wound.
Olmos has been accused of taking the phone from the bed and doctoring texts and Snapchats, but he could not be arrested until two years later, as a breakthrough in technology allowed for a forensic examination of the phone.
Olmos is not only accused of editing his correspondence with the girl, but is said to have tried to lock the phone down by adding a passcode.
As both the teenager’s father and other officers had tried and failed to guess the passcode, the iPhone had become disabled.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Francisco Olmos (left with an unidentified officer), 31, has been charged with obstruction of justice and computer trespass and suspended from duty as his colleagues probe the circumstances surrounding the teenager’s death
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and digital forensics company Cellebrite Services worked on the phone for two years before they were able to reverse the disabling feature, IndyStar reports.
They found evidence that Olmos and the teenager had developed a relationship at the police department, where she was training up as a young officer.
She and Olmos had been on more than a dozen ride alongs together and he told investigators he knew the woman well and cared about her, but insisted they were not intimate.
Phone records show on the day the woman died there were three calls made between them, the longest lasting an hour.
According to the Indy Star, Olmos said he spoke with the woman at 1pm when she told him he was a ‘great officer’ and that nothing was his fault.
She signed off the phone call with: ‘I love you, bye,’ according to the Daily Beast.
He tried and failed to get hold of her after this, so he went to the gym and then called by her house.
Olmos’ text messages, which have only now been recovered, read: ‘Please don’t do this to me. Don’t go over there … Why are you doing this to me. Please don’t go over there.’ And, ‘Answer me you can’t do this to me AGAIN. I’m going to your house.’
Olmos (pictured) is not only accused of editing his correspondence with the girl, but is said to have tried to lock the phone down by adding a passcode
Olmos (pictured) said he spoke with the woman at 1pm when she told him he was a ‘great officer’ and that nothing was his fault
In a message sent at 1.39pm, three hours before the woman’s body was discovered, Olmos wrote: ‘I’m outside your house.’
The girl’s father came home to discover Olmos waiting outside.
He went inside to find his daughter lying dead with a gunshot wound and he called Olmos for help who had been told to wait in the garage.
The cellphone was playing music on the bed.
Olmos grabbed it, saying he needed to call another officer from it.
According to data recovered from the phone this summer, the phone was unlocked at 4.40pm, shortly after her body was discovered.
By 4.47pm, messages were deleted, a phonecall was made to a colleague and the phone was locked and inaccessible.
Olmos has been charged with obstruction of justice and computer trespass and suspended from duty as his colleagues probe the circumstances surrounding the teenager’s death.