Update: According to The Seattle Times, police reexamined the case, but found nothing new. The case is once again closed. The Washington Post adds that a cold case detective was reviewing the files in anticipation of the 20th anniversary. The film provided better quality images of the photos already available.
Now, 20 years later, Seattle police have found new evidence, prompting them to re-open the case. Reportedly, four rolls of 35 mm film had been sitting for years in the department’s evidence vault. Last month, the film was processed by King County Sheriff’s Office photo lab “under high security”. Police told KIRO that the film more clearly shows Cobain’s death scene than earlier photos taken by investigators. Why the photographs are only being developed now is unclear.
KIRO has reportedly obtained one of these photographs, which it will show during its broadcast tonight. Additional details regarding the investigation are also expected to be shared during the telecast.
Police plan to release the photographs and will answer questions on the anniversary of Cobain’s death next month.