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[November 18, 2008]

Police believe suspect discussed Landowski's death online

PORTSMOUTH, Nov 18, 2008 (The Virginian-Pilot - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --

Investigators believe the 17-year-old arrested in the slaying of Meghan Landowski discussed her death with others over the Internet, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Circuit Court.

The affidavit indicates that police plan to search "all digital media" previously seized from Robert Lee Barnes' home in the 600 block of Lancer Drive.

Barnes was arrested on Oct. 23, about six months after Meghan 's stepfather discovered his 16-year-old step daughter stabbed to death in the family's Simonsdale home.

The search warrant was requested by a police detective Wednesday. In addition, new search warrants were also taken out by a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent who has worked on the case.

Special Agent Dana Shutt is asking the custodian of MySpace.com, an online social networking site, for all communication from Barnes' MySpace page.

Shutt also requested all information from a college student's MySpace page, saying the young woman might have information pertaining to the slaying.

Investigators also requested a fourth search warrant in Harrisonburg to get computer records from the campus system for the same college student, she said.


Naval investigators are helping with the case because Meghan was a military dependent, said Detective Jan Westerbe ck, a Portsmouth Police Department spokeswoman.

"NCIS is still working with us, and they will until the conclusion," Westerbeck said.
Janie Bryant, (757) 446-2453, janie.bryant@pilotonline.com
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