Savage, authorities strike deal in confiscated Waring evidence

By Bob Behanian  bio | email

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A resolution has been reached in the legal fight over evidence seized in the Kate Waring investigation. All of the seized evidence will be turned over to the family's attorney, Andy Savage, who will then transfer it to the solicitor's office.

A judge met with both the Charleston County sheriff's office, Charleston city police, and the Waring family's attorney to resolve a dispute over whether it was legal for the sheriff's office to seize items from private investigators working on behalf of Savage.

Savage filed the motion Monday on behalf of the Waring family private investigators against the county sheriff's office and city police.

"Every significant piece of evidence that we found was turned over to the proper law enforcement agency," said Savage.

According to court papers, deputies took a pair of cameras, notebooks, Google satellite photos, and two pieces of paper.

So why would sheriff's deputes seize evidence from the car of one of the private investigators?  That question, and many others, will remain unanswered until a gag order put in place by Judge Markey Dennis is lifted.

Until it is lifted the Charleston County Sheriff's office and the Charleston City Police department cannot comment on the ongoing investigation.

Savage says he has no complaint against the sheriff's department. "Never had an issue with the sheriff's office, never.  They have done nothing but further the investigation of these matters," he said.

Savage didn't say the same about city police, however.  He feels the department should have investigated Kate Waring's disappearance as a crime sooner.

Emails released to Live 5 News on Monday reveal Savage's true feelings about how the CPD has handled the case. In them he called police captain Thomas Robertson "rude and arrogant" for seizing some documents from a car belonging to one of Savage's investigators.

The police department refused to comment on Savage's name-calling, due to the gag order.

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