Police Obtain Search Warrant Seeking Electronic Evidence from PlayStation Vita

Nearly 4 years ago the body of Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell was found partially buried in a ditch behind a home in Southampton County, VA. Her stepfather’s GPS in his work van had led the police to her body. Wesley Hadsell’s work van contained a dirty shovel, gloves and a roll of duct tape. He is currently in jail for an unrelated federal weapons charge. Police have obtained a search warrant to check his PlayStation Vita for clues such as emails, texts, videos, pictures, etc to link him to the crime.



Recently, police took out a search warrant for the gaming system. They seized electronic records looking for evidence — like pictures, videos and emails — that might link Wesley Hadsell to his stepdaughter’s disappearance, according to court documents. “It has been my experience that individuals often communicate with their victims via e-mail and through other computer-based programs,” a Norfolk officer wrote in a search warrant. “In addition, a suspect’s electronic equipment often has digital evidence of crimes committed by the suspect.”

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