Polygraph test next in tree case
July 18, 2006
The Aspen police have arranged a polygraph test for someone involved in the topping off of six cottonwood trees on the east side of town, according to Chief Loren Ryerson.Ryerson said Wednesday that the unnamed individual agreed to the test several weeks ago, and that it has taken until this week to find a polygraph testing expert willing to do the work on a misdemeanor case. Ryerson said test specialists traditionally are reluctant to get involved in anything less serious than a felony case.Because the specialist is not in Colorado, Ryerson said he was not sure when or where the test will be administered, nor how much it will cost the city.The chief declined to identify the person who will be taking the test but said he is not considered a suspect in the topping of the trees. He might, however, have “some knowledge” of who the perpetrator is, Ryerson said.The trees, located in a public right of way in the 900 block of East Hopkins, were topped in early April. Subsequent investigations by the city police and the city attorney’s office have failed to produce a suspect.