Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office 1900 East Highway 175 Kaufman, Texas 75142 (972) 932-4337
KAUFMAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
April 8, 2013
This release is in response to questions raised over the weekend as to comments made by ChrisHeisler about the status and structure of the investigation into the deaths of Mike and CynthiaMcLelland and of Mark Hasse. This statement was prepared this morning following a meetingbetween the leadership of the joint investigation and addresses those comments. No otherstatements will be made in regards to Mr. Heisler or his comments.
Many questions have been raised over the weekend following comments made by Chris Heislerin a press conference held at his Keller residence on Saturday. This statement is in response tothose comments. The members of Mike and Cynthia McLelland’s family that the victims’services branches of the investigation have been in contact with since Mr. Heisler’s commentswere made have almost wholly responded that his self-description as family spokesperson andhis statement of the family’s feelings are both inaccurate and unauthorized.While we appreciate and applaud Mr. Heisler's efforts to promote the honor and memory of thisnations' fallen heroes and protectors, it must be remembered that Mr. Heisler is not a lawenforcement officer and is not affiliated with the investigation into the deaths of Mike andCynthia McLelland or Mark Hasse in any manner. All official information about theinvestigation, including information about the structure of the investigation, will be releasedthrough official media spokespersons from the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, the KaufmanPolice Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Any information released about the investigation by any other source, includingMr. Heisler, is not official and is purely speculative in nature. The investigation into the deaths of Mike and Cynthia McLelland has been, from the onset, acollaborative effort between the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers (TexasDepartment of Public Safety), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation - and it continues to be thesame. The leadership of the three agencies remains committed to the current structure and isworking together in all aspects of the investigation. We are being assisted by several otherfederal and state agencies in a team effort to successfully investigate this case and bring it to aresolution. As it was pointed out before, each of these law enforcement agencies has uniquestrengths and investigative expertise that are being utilized to complement each other in order tohave a more efficient and effective investigation. The focus of the joint investigations into the deaths of Mike and Cynthia McLelland, as well asMark Hasse, has been on investigating the crimes committed – nothing more, nothing less. Thatfocus will remain the same until the investigation concludes. We understand and empathize withthe desire of those concerned about the investigation to receive updates and information.Unfortunately, that desire not only lies with the media, the public, and the family of Mike andCynthia McLelland and of Mark Hasse. That desire also lies with the person(s) responsible forthese murders and in those who would like to hinder the investigation. Because the investigationis ongoing, we cannot – and will not – release any information about the investigations that we