EXCLUSIVE: A look inside 'Profiling Project: Seth Rich'
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
The investigation into the death of Democratic National Committee worker Seth Rich is still an open homicide case 10 months after he was murdered in the District's Bloomingdale neighborhood.
A group of George Washington University graduate students have spent the past few months probing into Rich's death.
Only on ABC7 News, I-Team Investigator Scott Taylor takes us inside the Profiling Project for an exclusive look.
A group of GWU grad students are taking a forensic look through link analysis in the murder of Rich at an undisclosed location.
"We are trying to figure out persons of interest in any areas that the police may have overlooked," Kevin Zhang, a volunteer with the Profiling Project, said.
GOP lobbyist Jack Burkman, who put up $105,000 of his own money as a reward to help solve Rich's murder, is also funding the Profiling Project and made the announcement of its creation months ago.
The students working on the project are volunteers, studying criminal investigation and forensics.
"This is a skill set that they have. These folks are going to become profilers. They are going to become Lead Investigative Agents," Kevin Doherty, who’s also a volunteer, said.
They are developing a profile of Rich in three stages like any other murder investigation.
The first stage is to identify the Seth Rich people know. The second stage is to discover the private side of Seth Rich and the last stage is to discover if there is any secret side to the murder victim. All the while, making sure they respect the wishes of his family.
"It's very important to remember as an outcome of this whole situation. We want to kind of keep his family in mind and give his family some closure," Volunteer Sarah Tahmourpour said.
The Profiling Project's main goal is to find at least one piece of new information that has practical value to the murder investigation.
"What we found is there actually is possibly another surveillance camera that may have been missed in the initial investigation so we have turned that over to the police," Zhang said.
The reward for solving Rich's murder is now up to $250,000.
ABC7 News reached out to D.C. Police. Detectives on the case are in contact with the Profiling Project.