CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Private investigators provided harsh criticism for the Charleston City Police Department in the investigation of the Kate Waring case.
The private investigators who found Waring's body say the police were indifferent and the case wasn't taken seriously. Four investigators with over 150 years of crime solving experience swapped stories about their Waring investigation.
The team assembled by attorney Andy Savage used a hidden camera, a GPS tracking device and $10,000 in cold hard cash searching for the missing 28 year old from a prominent family.
Each man suspected something terrible happened to Waring.
"Kate was a girl who was very wired. She was into talking, texting and checking email. And when she went missing, everything immediately stopped. That gave us a good indication we had some foul play involved," private investigator Bill Capps said.
There was no question in the minds of the private investigators, but Savage says police would not give the case the time of day. In fact, he says the chief told Waring's father that the department was too busy.
"The chief of police told a grieving father that the police department was too involved in solving real crime, murders and armed robberies and rapes that they didn't have the time and resources to spend on this case," Savage said.
The private investigator team discovered suspects Ethan Mack and Heather Kamp lived on James Island on Riley Road, next to Terry Williams, the man accused of helping move Waring's body. Investigators then kept a careful watch.
It was revealed that Waring was killed at Mack's home that June. The Savage team found her body on Wadmalaw Island in October. They say it was even weeks later when police processed the crime scene on Riley Road.
By then, the evidence was long gone. It was evidence the team believes may have served up a different punishment.
"Two months down the road, all the evidence for prosecution is no longer there and because of that a different sentence for the defendant," private investigator Bobby Minter said.
They claim police fell down from the get go. Waring's last phone call pinged a tower on James Island, that police failed to link Waring's disappearance to the forgery.
When Mack and Kamp tried to cash a big check written on Waring's account and police believed Mack's lies considering him a small-time criminal incapable of hurting someone.
Savage says the punishment for Mack and Kamp does not fit the crime, but he says it fits the little evidence the prosecutor had to work with. Savage says it should have been treated as a murder from the start and not a missing person.
"It was so clear to each one of us foul play was involved it's basic law enforcement 101," Savage said.