Prosecutors Say Cop Purged Dead Girl’s Texts at Scene of Her Death

Francisco Olmos

“You can’t do this to me,” Indianapolis Police Officer Francisco Olmos wrote an 18-year-old girl in a Snapchat message. “You can’t. I’m headed to your house right now.”

Hours later, the young woman would be dead, and her correspondences with Olmos deleted.

The young woman had been a member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s youth career program when her father found her dead of suicide on Nov. 2, 2015. But when detectives investigated the young woman’s case, they found one of their own officers suspiciously close to the death. Olmos, who had worked with the young woman through the youth program, had been outside her house even before she was found dead. While the girl’s father called 911, Olmos asked to used the girl’s phone to contact another officer.

And when investigators hired a company to crack into the girl’s phone this summer, they discovered that, in the moments after the girl was found dead, someone had deleted Olmos’ texts and Snapchats from the device.

On Thursday, police arrested Olmos on charges of obstruction of justice and computer trespass. Olmos, 31, claims he had a close, but non-intimate relationship with the young woman, and that he went to her house the day of her death because she left him a disturbing message.

But Olmos’ messages with the girl, recovered from her recently unlocked phone, suggest a more extensive communication.

Around noon the day of her death, the young woman called Olmos. He claims she called with compliments.

“She’s like ‘I want you to know that you’re a really good officer,’” Olmos told investigators shortly after the girl’s death, according to a probable cause affidavit in his arrest. “She said ‘you’re gonna make a fantastic SWAT officer.’”

Olmos knew the young woman through Indianapolis police department’s Explorer program, which trains teenagers for careers in law enforcement. The young woman joined the program when she was 16, and had done approximately 15 ride alongs with Olmos. The pair also worked out together and Snapchatted or texted frequently, according to the affidavit.

But when she called Olmos the day of her death, the young woman allegedly told him “I can’t talk to you anymore.” When he asked why, the young woman allegedly told him “it’s not your fault, nothing’s your fault.”

Then, just before hanging up, she allegedly told Olmos, “I love you, bye.”

Olmos told investigators she’d never told him she loved him before, and that her call made him uneasy. He said he tried calling back several times, with no answer. He said he went to the gym, but couldn’t shake the suspicion that something was wrong.

But records from the young woman’s phone indicate a more frantic mood. In the hours before the young woman’s death, Olmos tried calling her 16 times. He left 10 text messages and two Snapchat messages, according to the affidavit.

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