The captain of the boat where a Google executive was found dead last November told investigators the vessel’s cameras were not functional, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.
The investigation into the death of a Forrest Hayes, who overdosed on heroin allegedly injected by a prostitute, was delayed several weeks because the captain lied about the existence of surveillance video. Police officials declined to identify the captain.
“Originally, he told us they didn’t work,” Santa Cruz police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said. “We had to get a search warrant for the cloud storage company where the video was stored. … They were incredibly cooperative, but yes, we were delayed by several weeks.”
Clark said the captain would not face any charges.
“He had a client he was representing,” Clark said. “Everyone makes mistakes in life that need correcting. We ended up getting the evidence we needed, and that’s all that matters.”
Alix Catherine Tichelman was was charged with manslaughter after police said they used the camera footage to identify her as administering a lethal dose of heroin to Hayes at the Santa Cruz harbor.