Six FBI special agents and support personnel from Idaho also have been awarded the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement for their work on the Joseph Duncan case, joining five from the U.S. Attorney’s office prosecution team. The six from the FBI: Special Agents Mike Gneckow and Gail Gneckow, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Donald Robinson Jr., Investigative Operations Analyst Dorothy Boyles, Evidence Technician Esther Tamez, and Financial Analyst Michele Lewis.
Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Furhman of the Salt Lake City FBI field office had this comment: “As we have said from the beginning, the number one goal of the FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office personnel who investigated and prosecuted this case, was to achieve justice for the victims of the heinous criminal act perpetrated by Mr. Duncan. Recognition of the efforts of the personnel most deeply involved in this case is a testament to not only their efforts, but a number of other personnel from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Salt Lake City FBI Field Office. They worked together to achieve justice for Dylan Groene, Brenda Groene, Slade Groene, Mark McKenzie, and of course, Shasta Groene. These efforts by both the investigative staff and prosecutive staff are in the highest traditions of the FBI and the Department of Justice. Finally, this recognition could not have occurred without the cooperation and involvement of Steve Groene and other family members and friends of the victims.”
U.S. Attorney Tom Moss said, “This was an opportunity to applaud the commitment and efforts of our dedicated employees as well as our dedicated federal, state and local law enforcement agents and officers, notably the FBI, Idaho State Police, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and Coeur d’Alene Police Department, but also a time to remember the victims and survivors of this tragic event. Although nothing we can do will heal the wounds this family has suffered, we hope that we have brought some sense of justice and closure.”