FBI agents on Wednesday sought new evidence from a laptop seized from a computer forensics expert that investigators believed was stolen during the murder investigation, according to a court filing.
A former employee of the National Security Agency and former FBI agent, Mark Klein, filed a request with a federal court seeking the laptop from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the court filing said.
Klein, who works with the National Counterterrorism Center, had been working on the laptop and its computer hard drive in recent weeks.
He had been in touch with a former colleague of Klein’s who has told him that the hard drive was found in a laptop computer that belonged to another employee, the filing said, adding that the FBI and NIST have been unable to locate it.
The FBI is investigating whether the computer belonged to an insider or was stolen by an outsider, the FBI said in a statement.NIST did not immediately respond to a request for comment.NBS spokesman John O’Brien said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the agency “does not comment on pending litigation.”
In the filing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said that it was seeking a warrant to seize the laptop.
A NIST official declined to comment on the filing.
The filing came after the NIST said on Tuesday that it would open an inquiry into the matter.
The agency also said it would seek a court order to obtain copies of the laptop computer, which has been recovered in a federal database.
The government has also asked for a search warrant to search the laptop, the NBS said.