ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (July 8, 2015) – As many questions remain unanswered surrounding the FBI raid at the home of suspended Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, one cyber crimes expert says it could be days or weeks before those questions are answered.
The cyber crimes investigator, who is not involved in the case, told CBS4 that 11 hours is a long time for investigators to spend searching a residence, but it’s not unheard of. It all depends, he said, on how many files and how much data federal and state investigators extracted from various devices in the home. It also depends on how difficult it is to do so.
The FBI, Indiana State Police and U.S. Postal Inspector served the search warrant at Fogle’s Zionsville home around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators could be seen removing various types of media and electronics from the home, including DVDS and a computer. The items were taken inside a mobile forensics lab. Investigators were seen carrying bags and boxes of items out to their vehicles before leaving the home around 5 p.m.
Without direct knowledge of the case, but based on experience, the cyber crime experts believes the FBI likely has a team of several people examining all the media and files in a controlled environment.
“The key is to be absolutely thorough, so nothing is missed,” the investigator said.
When investigators raided the home of former Jared Foundation director Russell Taylor, it took five days for all the evidence to be examined and charges prepared. That search followed tips from a woman who told police she had exchanged text messages with Taylor and his wife regarding child pornography and bestiality. During an April 29 search of the home, investigators seized hundreds of files and documents. Videos included young children in the nude. They also recovered at least one file that included the name of Taylor’s employer. But court documents did not specify whether the file said the name of the Jared Foundation, or Jared Fogle himself.
While FBI sources have said the raid at Fogle’s home was in connection with a child pornography investigation, they have not said whether it was connected to the Russell Taylor case.
Efforts to reach Russell Taylor’s wife were unsuccessful Wednesday. Nobody was at the Indianapolis home she shared with her husband, and a Century 21 “for sale” sign was posted in the front yard. Neighbors said the sign had been there for two weeks.
Meantime, the website for the Jared Foundation was down all day Wednesday. Clicking on the address only brought up a blank web browser. The national children’s charity CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) also confirmed they had suspended their relationship with the Jared Foundation, following the arrest of Russell Taylor. Subway also announced they had suspended their relationship with Jared after Tuesday’s raid.