Investigator Regretted Not Immediately Collecting Prince's Laptop, Evidence Shows

April 20, 2018 05:29 AM

Carver County Sheriff's deputies learned Prince did not have a cell phone and only communicated by landline phones and email, leading a deputy to write he "regretted not immediately collecting a laptop" found in the superstar's bedroom as evidence according to records.

On Thursday, Carver County released a massive amount of documents and more than 1,300 photographs from the two-year investigation into the death of Prince Rogers Nelson on April 21, 2016 at Paisley Park in Chanhassen.

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It came after the Carver County Attorney announced no criminal charges would be filed in the matter.

There was a laptop sitting on the dresser in Prince's bedroom when a Carver County Sheriff's deputy first investigated the day he was found dead.

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"I regretted not taking the computer by the bedside of Nelson as I believed that this contained conversations between his staff and Nelson about medications possibly," a Carver County deputy said.  

It wasn't until four days later that the sheriff's office obtained that laptop, records show.

The musician's attorney asked authorities not serve a search warrant to get Prince's computer when they later asked for it, out of concerns about it going public, a Carver County investigator wrote in a report. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Authorities Release Images From Inside Paisley Park

Prince's attorney was also concerned about providing the star's email or computer because it contained "a lot of personal information," and it had a new book Prince was writing and "information not related to Prince's death," records show.

Investigators said the lawyer asked to be present when investigators examined the computer.  Instead, the sheriff's department ended up serving the search warrant five days later, after having to wait for a locksmith to get it out of a new room where it was later stored inside Paisley Park.

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Federal investigators from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the forensic computer examination of Prince's silver laptop.

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