As the twenty year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s apparent suicide approaches, the King County Sheriff’s Office announced today they will re-open the case for further examination. KIRO 7 in Seattle is reporting that police developed four rolls of film last month that had been sitting in the evidence vault for years.
The photos show the original crime scene as investigators found it on April 8, 1994. While the investigation is not yet complete, the photos will not be released. Police told KIRO 7 that the photos more clearly show the scene of Cobain’s death than earlier photos taken by investigators. KIRO has reportedly obtained one of these photographs and will show it on television tonight.
Originally, Cobain was found in his Lake Washington Boulevard home with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gun wound to the head. The Nirvana guitarist reportedly also penned a suicide note, where he wrote “I love you” to several people according to Gary Smith, the Veca Electric employee who found Cobain initially.
Seattle Police have denied reports that they are reopening the the case surrounding Kurt Cobain’s death. Detective Renee Witt, a police spokesman, told the Washington Post earlier this afternoon, “No, we have not reopened the Kurt Cobain case…No change, no developments, no new leads.”
The Washington Post also noted that the confusion arose because a cold case detective was examining files related to the case in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death. It was during this examination that he discovered four rolls of undeveloped film, which provided higher quality versions of photos that were already available