Comprehensive Investigation Report Summary: Summit Loss Prevention,
Indianapolis, Indiana, Personal / Telephone Interviews, Conduct Research
The report below is a sample overview report from an investigation
conducted by Summit Loss Prevention Consulting. This is an actual
investigation report -- however, due to our confidentiality standards, the names and locations have been changed.
During the course of the case work,
investigators traveled to Crestwood on two separate occasions to conduct
research, interview police personnel and interview Rivers employees at
the Crestwood facility.
Also, investigators traveled to Riverside, NC
to interview Peter Gordon at his rehab hospital. In addition, numerous
calls and investigative interviews were conducted on the phone with
Rivers management staff. Updates were provided on a frequent basis
to Attorney Steven Ellis via phone, email and written report.
Crestwood Trip #1
Investigators met with a
representative of Longstreet-Kline in St. Louis and obtained some basic
information surrounding the case. An initial trip to Crestwood was made
shortly after that meeting to gather factual information and attempt to
determine the cause of Peter Gordon’s injuries and any additional
information related to the Crestwood plant accidents. Company HR
Manager Shirley Tanner was interviewed to obtain more detailed
information on Rivers personnel and factual information concerning the
Investigators met with
local law enforcement officials and others in the area and were able to
determine that while in Crestwood, Gordon had attempted suicide twice on
the night of 3/18/04. His rental car was impounded and he was rushed to
Riverside Community Hospital by ambulance on 3/18. Details of these attempts
appear to be that Gordon tried cutting his wrists and arms at his hotel room, and after that was unsuccessful, he threw himself off a
Highway 110 overpass onto State Road 32 on the south side of the city.
He sustained critical injuries but survived. He refused to take calls
and visitors and the cause of his injuries had remained a mystery to his
This information was
documented and relayed to Mr. Ellis and other senior management at
Riverside, NC Phone
The second phase of the
investigation concentrated on management interviews that were conducted
over the phone with the assistance of Mr. Robert Harris in the Riverside
facility. Several members of the management staff that had been sent to
Crestwood by Rivers in response to the plant accidents there were
interviewed to determine what they might know about the situation.
Arthur Dolen (Crestwood
Production Manager), James Carr (Quality Control Director), and Robert
Taylor (Plainfield Production Manager) were all interviewed by
investigators. These interviews added to the base of information known
about the plant accidents and the activities surrounding Gordon’s
injuries. Again, the information obtained was forwarded to Mr. Ellis.
Crestwood Trip #2
to the Crestwood area and continued the investigation by scheduling
meetings with various individuals including police detectives, impound
lot and rental car representatives, and Rivers management assigned to
the Crestwood location.
Smith (Assistant Production Mgr.), Allison Barber (Transportation Mgr.),
Greg Munsee (Metals Mgr.) and Arthur Dolen were all interviewed within
the facility. It was determined that Barber had full knowledge of the
nature of Gordon’s suicide attempt and had shared that knowledge with
his boss in North Carolina, Ed Hardin and also Tim Finnegan. In
addition, numerous negative allegations came to light related to Dolen’s
management practices at the facility.
The information and
facts obtained by investigators during these interviews were documented
and reported to Mr. Ellis.
Riverside, NC Trip
to Riverside, NC to interview Gordon at Riverside Community Hospital.
Gordon consented to the interview and eventually admitted that he
attempted suicide as had been previously determined. He acknowledged
having a mental breakdown that caused him to choose to attempt to take
his own life. He attempted to portray the situation as stress-related.
He also revealed several concerns he had with his subordinate, Dolen,
but denied Dolen had caused him to attempt suicide.
A written statement was
signed by Gordon related to the admission he made to investigators. The
statement and all other information obtained, was forwarded to Mr.
A phone interview was
conducted with Ed Hardin to determine what he knew from Allison Barber
and why he chose to keep that important information private and not
share it with his superiors at Rivers. Hardin stated the decision was
based on his friendship with Gordon and the fact he promised Barber he
would not disclose the information Barber shared with him. Hardin
acknowledged that he made an error in judgment to keep this information
Again, the information
obtained was forwarded to Mr. Ellis.
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