The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Sandy Hook

December 20, 2012

Investigators find motive elusive for Newtown shootings

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Police officers from across Connecticut are in town to direct traffic and provide security at funerals and makeshift memorials. On Wednesday, a local state representative asked the media to "please leave" Newtown because "the story is over," underscoring the community's growing frustration at the public spotlight.

Investigators have not released any information publicly about the case since Sunday, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said police are not likely to make any disclosures until all the funerals have been held.

But some new details about Lanza and the investigation are trickling out, most of which suggest that police have been hampered in their efforts to establish a clear motive.

A friend of Nancy Lanza's told the Connecticut Post that Adam Lanza dreamed of becoming a Marine. His mother nixed the idea, fearing a son who didn't like to be touched would be a poor fit for the armed forces, the friend said.

The Hartford Courant also reported Thursday that investigators believe Lanza's computer hard drive may be "worthless" because he attempted to destroy it before he went on his shooting spree. The newspaper also reported that investigators have discovered that Lanza made few calls from his cellphone in the weeks leading up to the incident.

But Vance said investigators remain confident that they can still recover clues from the damaged hard drive.

With Lanza reportedly obsessed with video games, Vance said "all electronics" from his house are in police custody.

"State police have a very comprehensive crime laboratory, and the FBI has the same capability," Vance said. "Any electronic equipment that was seized is going to be examined, and we are certainly believing there is information that is going to be helpful to us in this case."

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