A cold case detective searching archived evidence in the death investigation for superstar rocker Kurt Cobain stumbled upon never-developed photographs of the death scene.
Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Detective Renee Witt said the department’s in-house investigator, Detective Mike Ciesynski, discovered four rolls of undeveloped 33mm film in an evidence vault.
The detective had been brushing up on the case in anticipation of local interest in the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death.
Cobain was found dead at his Seattle home on the morning of April 8, 1994.
Witt denied a report by KIRO that Seattle police are re-examining the case.
Witt called the images benign and clarified that they will not form a basis for reconsidering the case, which, at the time, was ruled a suicide.
“We have not reopened the case,” she said.
“There is nothing on any of these images to lead us to believe this case is going to have a different outcome.”
Witt did not know how many images were contained on the newly developed film.
“It’s my understanding that some of the images are duplicates, some from different angles,” she said.
Because the images were developed using the latest technology, Witt said the quality is better than it would have been years ago.
Seattle police contacted Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, concerning the images.
“I talked to Detective Ciesynski about an hour ago,” Witt said. “He said he had been on the phone with her and her attorneys most of the morning.”