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3.3.06 - Isthmus article
Making it a federal case
Feds join probe into disappearance of Amos Mortier
By Jason Shepard
Local police are now working with the US. Attorney's Office in their investigation into the disappearance of
Amos Mortier, the Fitchburg man who has been missing for 15 months and who police believe was likely murdered
in connection with selling marijuana.
A police official confirms that the U.S. Attorney's Office has been involved since fall.
Fitchburg Deputy Police Chief Don Bates says several federal agencies "have become partners" in the investigation and have
a "vested interest" in solving the case. Bates wouldn't say whether the case has been referred to a federal grand jury.
Mortier was last seen Nov. 8, 2004. His mother, Margie Milutinovich, hopes her son is alive, perhaps on the run or consumed by
amnesia. Last week, she directed a message to him on her Web site, www.findamos.com. "I know that you are out there," she wrote.
"I need to know if you are safe."
Police, however, continue to work on the theory that Mortier was murdered. Two detectives are still assigned to the case fulltime.
As detailed last summer in Isthmus ("What Happened to Amos?" 7/22/05), witnesses at a secret John Doe proceeding testified that
Mortier was worried about drug debts and was involved in large-scale marijuana sales with links to Milwaukee and the East Coast.
At the time, police were focusing on a "prime suspect," who provided them with "inconsistent statements." Witnesses testified that this
man had sold marijuana for Mortier. One said he was skimming proceeds; another said he owed Mortier money
A few months earlier, in a letter submitting Mortier's DNA to the FBI's missing persons database, local police acknowledged three suspects with
ties outside of Wisconsin.
Last week, Bates confirmed that detectives have interviewed people "in several different states."
Generally, the federal government doesnot investigate local crimes. But according to two Madison defense attorneys, the feds may be involved
because the investigation is now national in scope.
Other reasons, they speculate, include the powers of federal grand jury subpoenas, the ability to threaten harsher drug sentences in order to
gain cooperation from witnesses, the possibility of federal drug conspiracy charges,and the greater resources of federal agencies like the FBI.
Stephen P Sinnott, the acting U .S. attorney in Madison, "can't confirm or deny" his office's involvement.
In December, Fitchburg police contacted Milutinovich to schedule a meeting between her and the U.S. attorney. After waiting two months for the
meeting to be scheduled, a frustrated Milutinovich provided copies of those e-mail exchanges to Isthmus.
She's convinced police are wrongly focused on the drug connection: "They won't let it go because it has cost them too much time, money and
personnel, but they are so wrong the path they are going down and they won't stop or admit it."