Independent Panel To Investigate Easley Records

The state Highway Patrol has appointed an independent panel of attorneys to investigate why the agency has missing travel records from 2005.

Reuben Young, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, said Wednesday that he and Gov. Beverly Perdue "are determined to do everything in our power to find the answers regarding the 2005 records."

Perdue said it's "unacceptable" that the records have not been recovered. An internal inquiry, followed by an internal affairs investigation, had determined that Capt. Alan Melvin had not intended to remove or destroy the records.

Melvin was head of former Gov. Mike Easley's security detail. Federal authorities investigating Easley subpoenaed Melvin to testify before a grand jury in May.

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