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San Diego County Digest

San Ysidro

October 01, 1985

California Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp remained silent Monday about anything he might have learned on a personal inspection of the site where a U.S. Border Patrol officer shot a 12-year-old boy who was on Mexican soil.

Duane Peterson, an aide to Van de Kamp, said his boss had "no new details to report" about his review of San Diego County Dist. Atty. Edwin Miller's decision not to prosecute Border Patrol Agent Edward Cole. Cole shot and wounded Humberto Carillo-Estrada April 18 after the youth and a group of Mexicans began throwing rocks over the nine-foot fence that separates the two countries.

Van de Kamp said Saturday that he intended to visit the scene to "make sure no stone is unturned." Peterson would not confirm Monday afternoon that Van de Kamp had inspected the site. Peterson would say only that the state's top law enforcement officer planned to visit the border before leaving San Diego Monday night.

"Nothing's really changed," Peterson said. "Whatever he may have learned is part of the investigation. We're not letting out bits and pieces of information as we learn them. Just as when investigators talk to people we don't release that information, we aren't going to release any information learned from a site visit."

Peterson said he did not know when Van de Kamp's review, requested by the boy's family and state legislators, would be complete.

"We'd like to be as thorough as possible," he said. "These things have a way of taking a long time."

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