- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 28, 2001

The killer of Kari Jacobsen remains free because forensic technicians are overloaded, too few homicide detectives are assigned, and too much police attention is focused on Chandra Levy, the family of the slain woman complained yesterday.
"The FBI crime lab is reportedly so understaffed that this atrocious murder must wait in line behind other crimes," said the victim's sister, Terri Jacobsen, of Bethesda. "This delay in analyzing forensic evidence is unacceptable."
Miss Jacobsen said detectives told her evidence found in a two-day search through the four-apartment town house in the 1800 block of 13th Street NW could not be analyzed for at least three months.
Sgt. Joe Gentile, public information officer for the Metropolitan Police Department, said, "The FBI, of course, does the analysis, and some evidence, like DNA takes a certain amount of time longer than other evidence to process."
Meanwhile, Miss Jacobsen said, "the family and the community lives in fear while a violent criminal walks the street."
"As we stand here in the shadow of the Chandra Levy investigation — as much as we sympathize with the family involved there — we must urge the D.C. police to spread its efforts adequately and fairly to reach these ferocious and unsettling crimes," Miss Jacobsen said.
Sgt. Gentile said, "The police are devoting as many resources to [the Jacobsen case] as they would any other case and are not putting it on the back burner while working other cases."
Miss Levy, 24, a former intern from California, disappeared early in May. The case has claimed national media attention because of her relationship with Rep. Gary A. Condit, California Democrat. There has been no evidence that Miss Levy was slain.
Kari Jacobsen's body was found in a bathtub in a second-floor apartment on July 13. Pathologists said it had been there at least a day. She had been beaten and stabbed, and her throat was slashed.
"The screams of my sister were apparently not heard that horrible night of Wednesday, July 12, 2001," her twin sister said.
Kari Jacobsen, 36, one of 14 children, had been diagnosed in 1999 with "borderline personality disorder." Miss Jacobsen said her sister lived in the town house apartments about two years and they were "very, very secure."
Police said there were no signs of forced entry and the backdoor gate was unlocked, which was "unlike her," Miss Jacobsen said.
There is a possibility that police work was marred by another crime. During the two-day search of the apartments, someone broke into the town house. It is not clear whether the break-in scrambled, removed or left other evidence pertaining to the murder.
The apartment was turned over to the family when the search was completed. Miss Jacobsen said she repeatedly called police but got indications that they were not concentrating on finding her sister's killer.
"The detectives say they have other cases," Miss Jacobsen said, and "because they're focused on the Chandra Levy thing."
Sgt. Gentile denied that the missing former intern's case is taking resources away from the Jacobsen investigation. "The resources for the Chandra Levy case are different than those being deployed in homicide cases."

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