The father of actress Brittany Murphy, who died in 2009 but whose death has remained the subject of mystery ever since, claimed that Los Angeles Police Department ignored potential witness and “persons of interest” in its investigation, RadarOnline.com has learned.
As we previously reported, an independent report commissioned by Angelo Bertolotti, Murphy's father, revealed the presence of heavy metals at two to nine times higher than the levels identified by the World Health Organization as being considered "high.”
Heavy metals are most commonly found in rat poison and insecticides.
Bertolotti has sensationally claimed: “There was a definite murder situation here — it’s poison, yes, I know that.”
In court documents filed as part of the case and obtained byRadarOnline.com, he alleged “there has been no investigation, none of the potential witnesses and/or persons of interest have been questioned and only very basic autopsy procedures/toxicology testing” were performed.
Bertolotti said he took numerous meetings with Chief Coroner Ed Winter of the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office and Detective Brandsetter of the LAPD.
“I voiced my concerns about questionable validity of the findings contained in the Autopsy Report,” Bertolotti said.
“I repeatedly voiced my concerns about these findings being incorrect, since the testing/toxicology was incomplete and the death of my daughter, Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack, was never properly investigated.
“Officials heading the case from the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office and the Los Angeles Police Department admitted to me that decedent’s hair was never tested.
"Both agencies admitted that toxicology tests were not performed on the hair of Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack, but refused to ever test her hair and other specimens for any poisons, toxin or heavy metals, in spite of my repeated requests.”
Bertolotti also claimed the law enforcement agencies intended to destroy Murphy’s specimens, until he paid an additional fee to preserve them for five years.
He charged: “Due to the lack of investigative efforts by the Los Angeles Police Department and the failure to conduct toxicology tests on the specimens of the decedent Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and the LAPD, I am informed and on the basis of that information believe that my daughter’s death was incorrectly determined to have been allegedly caused by pneumonia and anemia.”
The LAPD has been silent on the latest developments since the story broke on Monday.
As Radar previously reported, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office would reopen the investigation into Murphy’s death if presented with "credible evidence" that suggested her death was a homicide.
Revealed a source: "Of course, if someone, including Ms. Murphy's father, came to us with credible evidence that her death could have been caused by foul play, the office would investigate it -- just as they would in any other case not involving a celebrity.”