- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said Wednesday morning the missing mental-health records for Virginia Tech gunman Seung-hui Cho, who killed 32 people two years ago, have been found.

Mr. Kaine said the records were found inside the home of an employee of the campus’s mental-health clinic who left months before the April 16, 2007, shooting. Mr. Cho fatally shot himself before police reached him.

The records documenting Mr. Cho’s visits and treatments at the Cook Counseling Center before the mass shooting have been a key piece of missing information in the investigation.

“As the investigation was taking place, there was one troubling fact that continued to cause concern,” Mr. Kaine said at a press conference. “Seung-hui Cho’s counseling file could not be found… . People were aware he had sought treatment there. And people who were involved in that treatment, and those discussions, certainly were aware of Seung-hui Cho’s mental health and the interaction of the Virginia Tech community with him. But the file was not found. And that led to a lot of concern about what had happened to it and who was involved.”

Mr. Kaine did not say whether the employee quit or was fired. However, he said the records were uncovered as part defense-team preparation for a civil suit.

AUDIO: Click here to hear Gov. Tim Kaine discuss the missing mental health records.

The governor said the records will be released as soon as possible, either with permission from the administrator of Mr. Cho’s estate or by subpoena.

“We think it is imperative the files be made public as quickly as possible,” he said. “I want to make plain we will make sure that file is released to the public as soon as we can legally do so.”

• Joseph Weber can be reached at jweber@washingtontimes.com.old.

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