- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A state investigation has determined that the former Missoula County attorney removed only personal items from a secure storage area in May.

At the time, County Attorney Kirsten Pabst issued a statement saying police were investigating after Fred Van Valkenburg accessed the file room with a facilities manager and took “a box of unknown, original files and/or property” from an area where confidential criminal information is kept.

Van Valkenburg said the box contained personal photos, birthday cards, bank statements and campaign finance reports. He told the Missoulian (https://bit.ly/2a50Ftl) that the facilities manager’s assistant looked at the items before he left.

Assistant Attorney General Brant Light said Wednesday that he reviewed the Division of Criminal Investigation’s findings and said it did not appear Van Valkenburg took anything other than personal belongings.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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