Foster's Honda car key was not among the official evidence

A 1989 Honda car key is not among the keys in the official photograph of the keys belonging to Vincent Foster.  No Honda car key was ever listed among the evidence recovered.  A Park Police evidence report listed a key ring with a tab, "Vince's Keys," but these alleged keys were never photographed and were never on the FBI official list of evidence.   Honda automobile keys are double sided and there is no double sided Honda key in the official photo of Foster's keys.

























Official FBI photograph of Vincent Foster's keys











Photo of a blank double-sided 1989 Honda automobile key


It is significant that no Honda car key was among the official evidence because this is consistent with the fact that witnesses did not see Vincent Foster's gray Honda automobile at Fort Marcy Park.  This proves that the official conclusion is false that Vincent Foster drove his car to the Fort Marcy Park and killed himself.



The following excerpt from pp. 339-342 of Failure of the Public Trust



Car keys not at the park


The Fiske Report had deceptively implied that Mr. Foster's car keys were found at Fort Marcy Park.


Park Police investigators observed a suit jacket that matched the pants worn by Foster, neatly folded over the passenger seat of the car.  In the jacket was Foster's White House identification.  The keys to the car were located in Foster's pants pocket.  The car was impounded and searched, but nothing significant to the investigation was found.[1]  


But police had searched Mr. Foster's pants pockets, as well as the Honda at the park, and found no keys.  This fact was problematic for the official version that Mr. Foster had driven his car to the park.  Park Police Investigator John Rolla had testified that he and Investigator Cheryl Braun "were puzzled why [they] found no keys to the car,"[2] yet police disregarded this obvious evidence of foul play.


            The keys were not located until hours later at the hospital morgue, when Police investigators again searched the same pants pockets, without having first searched anywhere else.


            Investigator Rolla, who searched the pockets, would have had to have missed two sets of key rings, both found later in Mr. Foster's right pants pocket at the morgue.  One ring, containing Mr. Foster's personal keys, contained at least four keys and a tab marked "Vince's Keys."  Also in Mr. Foster's right front pants pocket was a second key ring with his White House keys.  On this ring were two tabs (a plastic tab and a large metal inscribed tab) and four keys (two door keys, a cabinet drawer type key, and an inscribed high security key with Medeco-type cuts[3]).  Had these two sets of key rings been in Mr. Foster's pocket, the chances of Rolla's having missed them are not good.


The OIC does not tell its readers that there were two sets of keys and does not describe them.  It simply claims that the keys were there but that Rolla had missed finding them.


OIC, p. 74:


Investigator Rolla said he felt into Mr. Foster's pants pockets at the scene in looking for personal effects.fn216  Later, when it became apparent to Investigators Rolla and Braun that they did not have the keys to the car, they went to the hospital to check more thoroughly for keys.fn217  The hospital logs indicate that Investigators Rolla and Braun were at the morgue at 9:12 p.m.fn218  Investigator Braun thoroughly searched the pants pockets by pulling the pockets inside out, and she found two sets of keys.fn219


A footnote to this passage cites a still secret report of an April 1996 FBI interview report of Investigator Rolla. 


OIC, p. 74, fn. 216:


...Investigator Rolla has said that he did not reach to the bottom of the suit pants pockets at the time he took personal effects into evidence at the scene. 302, 4/17/96, at 3.


Another footnote relates that Rolla did not really search the pants pockets at the park, but had simply "patted the pants." 


OIC, p. 74, fn. 220:


USPP Evidence/Property Control Receipt (Braun) at 1-2.  The evidence indicates that no persons other than police, rescue, medical, and hospital personnel had access to the body from the time when Investigator Rolla patted the pants at the park until the time when Investigator Braun recovered the keys in the pants pocket at the hospital.


This version is at odds with the account Rolla had earlier provided to the FBI, with Rolla's sworn testimony on deposition, his sworn testimony before the Senate, as well as the accounts of Park Police Investigators Cheryl Braun and Christine Hodakievic.  


When he testified before the Senate Banking Committee in June of 1994, Rolla testified that he had "emptied the pockets."


Q.  You didn't search his person at the scene did you?

A.  After it was pronounced, we emptied his pockets.

    Yes, I did remove his personal property and search




During his July 21, 1994, deposition, Rolla testified that police were perplexed by the absence of Mr. Foster's car keys.


"I searched his pants pockets.  I couldn't find a

wallet or nothing in his pants pockets... we searched

the car and we were puzzled why we found no keys to

the car."[5]


The FBI's report of its April 27, 1994, interview with Rolla also reflects that he was looking for the keys when he searched the pockets.


"Rolla advised that he specifically recalled searching the decedents (sic) front pants pockets in an attempt to locate the keys to the decedent's 1989 Honda, advising that he was unsuccessful in locating the car keys."[6]


Rolla's search was thorough enough to exclude the existence of a suicide note, according to the FBI's report of its April, 1994, interview of Park Police Investigator Cheryl Braun.


"She observed Officer Rolla check the pants pockets,

both front and rear, in an effort to find

identification or a possible suicide note."[7]


The FBI's report of its May, 1994, interview with Christine Hodakievic states that she "does recall Investigator John Rolla checking the decedent's body for identification specifically the decedent's front and rear pockets."[8]




[1]           Exhibit 12, Fiske Report, June 30, 1994.


[2]           Exhibit 6, Deposition of Park Police Investigator John

Rolla, July 21, 1994:  Q.  Did you get any keys?  A.  I searched his pants pockets.  I couldn't find a wallet or nothing in his pants pockets.  Later on Investigator Braun and myself searched the car...  We searched the car and we were puzzled why we found no keys to the car...  As it turned out Investigator Braun and myself went to the morgue in Fairfax hospital, after we made a death notification to recheck him.


[3]           Exhibit 95, FBI Lab Report, May 9, 1994.  See also Exhibit 152, Park Police Evidence/Property Control Receipt, July 20, 1993.

[4]           Exhibit 171, Senate testimony of Park Police Investigator John Rolla, July 20, 1995.


[5]           Exhibit 6, Deposition of Park Police Investigator John Rolla, July 21, 1994.    


[6]           Exhibit 100, Report of FBI interview of Park Police Investigator John Rolla, April 27, 1994.


[7]           Exhibit 91, Report of FBI interview of Park Police Investigator Cheryl Braun, April 28, 1994. 


[8]           Exhibit 81, Report of FBI interview of Park Police Investigator Christine Hodakievic, May 2, 1994.


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