Another officer assigned to the case was fifty-year-old Deputy Rodney Robinson. The short pudgy brown-eyed husband and father of three claimed he and Deputy Rodney Robinson brought Meyer in for a taped interview. Robinson claimed the interview tape and Kevin’s .22 caliber purchase form “were in the possession” of Sheriff Jones.
Sheriff Jones claimed no such taped interview existed.
According to Deputy Robinson, Sheriff Jones told him that he never had Meyer’s revolver tested because authorities were looking for a nine shot automatic. Robinson said he found that strange “since most .22 caliber revolvers are nine shots.”
Robinson claimed at this meeting that Kevin Meyer admitted he knew Annette Johnston before she died, which he denied to other officers. Robinson also said Sheriff Jones stopped further investigation into Kevin Meyer, telling his deputies they were not to interview, survey, or approach Kevin Meyer again.
Rumors of the Johnston and Shultz families’ blaming the other for the kids’ disappearance spread quickly. Neither set of parents, though, confronted the other verbally yet.
The virtual searching for “a needle in a haystack” commenced immediately after the removal of the torsos from the river. The sheriff’s office and Police Department called in reinforcements – more than 100 officers.