Highway Patrol Investigating Deleted Files Case in Ellisville

ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – The city government in Ellisville is once again back in the limelight and this time the Missouri State Highway Patrol has been asked to investigate.

At issue are computer files that were encrypted then erased off the former City Manager’s computer. Councilman Gary Voss told KMOX he can’t divulge into what sort of files were deleted, but at least some of those files appear to have been Kevin Bookout’s emails.

KMOX news filed several sunshine requests for Bookout’s emails the first week of September, but was told those emails don’t exist.

Bookout was suspended by the city council on Sept. 11. Voss said someone came into City Hall after-hours and used Bookout’s credentials to log into the computer system that following Sunday.

Bookout was fired on Oct. 28.

City Hall did not have security cameras at the time.

Voss said there are some council members who still want this issue to not be made public. To that Voss asked, “How can you not open this up?”

“I’m a councilman… I have to find out what went on. This is nonsense.”

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