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Mississinewa 500 Cold Case: Resolved and Closed after 12 years

Company’s report drops bombshells, blames Margaret Zinn posthumously

Eleven years to the day of junior senior prom, two longtime BFF’s are honored as “co-prom dates” replacing “prom bandit”

It has been exactly 11 years since my high school senior prom that ended my senior year at Mississinewa High School and apparently brought the turmoil of that night to my freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan University. It was the beginning of what was beyond a high school senior’s worst nightmare when an 18 year old senior boy agrees to take a sophomore girl to his high school prom and what became the beginning of the end of the same 18 year old boy’s life living as a male.

An ongoing 11 year investigation went cold in 2003. But new light and details on the fateful night on the civil cold case was reopened in August of 2009, by one independent company hired to investigate the April 28, 2001 incident at Mississinewa High School released their findings Friday night.

Aeverine Zinn (yours truly), at the suggestion of my then-case coordinator over at Cornerstone (Jenna McCoy), hired Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates to investigate the timing and the actions taken before and after the incident.

I began the Zinn family meeting, stating “Ladies, gentlemen, transladies, and transgentleman, my years of waiting are over.”  I said the “intensive investigations” were not intended to place blame on anyone, but instead, put the family under a microscope so they can learn and prevent another incident in the future.

Yours truly, Aeverine Zinn, said the company hired to investigate the incident was chosen because of her reputation.  The reports are significantly important for not only our family, but also my friends affected by the incident and the investigations will serve as blueprint.  The findings shall help others across the United States.

Before Sheena Jay, founder of the Muncie-based company, presented her findings, Sammi Zinn stated the reports were “extremely important to use as a road map” to move not only yours truly, but bring closure to the Zinn family forward. Sammi said our family is and will always be shaken about the events that occurred on the night of April 28, 2001.

“For me personally, not a night goes by when I don’t replay those events over and over again in my head,” said yours truly.

Robyn Matthewson, BFF #1 of yours truly expressed her friendship with the Zinn family and what the family friendship to the Zinn family meant to her and what being the best friend of yours truly meant to her.  Deandra Alley (aka Deanna Zinn) said she hopes, in some small way, the changes that are implemented after the release of the reports will lead the way for the future of Aeverine Zinn.

Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates later released their findings. I hired Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates a little more than eight years  after the incident.  The Muncie-based company was hired to conduct a comprehensive, independent analysis of the family’s preparedness and response to the incident.

Heather Jay, General Manager at Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates, presented a timeline of events that occurred the evening of April 28, 2001.

The report found the possibility of heavy turnout, sexual misconduct, and disorderly conduct was a concern and the topic of many discussions among family members.  Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates said the Zinn family, friends, and connections did a number of things to follow protocol, including calling for updates periodically throughout the day and holding a pre-prom meeting to discuss turnout conditions.

However, the company found the overall state of preparedness was not adequate for the amount of people attending the Mississinewa 500.  The report revealed the plans and procedures were not fully developed and not used on April 28, 2001. One of the findings included the handwritten note ________________ wrote to Margaret Zinn, in which Margaret only allowed ____________ and I to only to the prom  Another finding is that yours truly lied about _______________’s age since she was a minor at the time, and Margaret was concerned about yours truly safety, including concerns of yours truly being charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and believed the age of consent was 18, rather than than the amount of time spent with ____________. Additionally, Heather stated yours truly did not use contingency plans to make dating-related decisions.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Margaret Zinn (1943-2002) is the the mother of yours truly, whom passed on May 10, 2002 and Sammi Zinn and Deandra Alley are the pet daughters of yours truly and the granddaughters of the late Margaret Zinn. 

Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates said the response to the incident was overall successful.  The company stated yours truly responded immediately and acted in a timely manner.

Following Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates’ presentation, Deandra addressed the questions surrounding Robyn’s BFF #1 of Aeverine Zinn.

Veronica Schmerber (right) in this July 30, 2011 (and left on inset from April 28, 2001) photo proved to fulfill the prom date title of yours truly. According to Sheena Jay, Angela Willis, my finacee at the time would have been ineligible due to being over the age of 21.Revised prom date ticket after Sheena Jay's report being released. Since I was a man of my word to Telissa Hunt my junior year and Veronica Schmerber's actions on the night of April 28, 2001; though there are no romantic feelings for either Ms. Hunt and Ms. Schemerber  was proved back then (and with my ongoing gender transition) led me to that conclusion. According to Sheena Jay's report,  my dating and relationship policies from 1993 were valid on the night of April 28, 2001.Yours truly, Marshall Davidson, and Veronica Schmerber, the latter of which actually spent more time than Ms. ________ at the Mississinewa 500, has received scrutiny for their roles in the incident.  Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates examined yours truly’s actions on the evening of April 28, 2001.  In their report, Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates stated Davidson attempted to convince yours truly to postpone the date with Ms. _____________several times, though he stated that Ms. Zinn and Ms. _____________ were in a relationship, while Schmerber tried to convince yours truly to allow her to take over prom date duties in case _____________ did not show up.  However, yours truly did not feel it was necessary.  The full timeline leading up to the collapse and what occurred after can be found in Sheena Jay Private Detective Agencies Associates’ report.

As a result of the incident, the yours truly has since implemented changes in the dating and relationship policies. On March 15, 2011, yours truly revoked the prom date title from ______________ after she did not fulfill the duties of my prom date.

Near the end of the meeting, Matthewson issued the following statement after the release of the reports:

“I don’t think Aeverine Zinn could have done better than this renowned firms. I thank Sheena Jay for her thorough and professional work.

“Aeverine Zinn knows that we, as her close friends, will insist on immediate and complete implementation of the recommendations in this report. But it’s also now clear that most, if not all individuals, have been deficient in this area and have much to learn from this incident We will share freely all these findings and suggestions with any of Ms. Zinn’s friends and family who will listen, starting later in the summer at a family meeting of Aeverine Zinn.

“We’d give anything to have that night over, but occasionally something positive can come out of terrible incident, and we have to do all we can to make that happen here.”

Telissa Hunt (left) and Veronica Schmerber (right) in this July 30, 2011 photo, have been named "co-prom dates" to replace _______________, and are officially invited to my wedding in the event should I remarry. Also invited are Justin Planck and Alec Dailey.Following the release of the report, yours truly officially named Veronica Schmerber and Telissa Hunt, BFF’s of yours truly since 1999, to replace ____________________ as the actual co-prom dates, and will invite Schmerber and Hunt to a future wedding of mine (to be released in a future AvaZinn.com post), in addition to Alec Dailey and Justin Planck (both of them will be named “Co-Best Man”), as well as Jessica Baisden, should either Phillip Philips or Joshua Ledet win season 11 of American Idol as part of a friendly wager.

Whether or not the State of Indiana allows same sex marriage in the event should I remarry, depending on my gender transition status, the wedding will happen and eventually have Indiana’s unofficial same sex wedding. and as long as there is no ordained minister performing the ceremony, the wedding should not have any problems.

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  1. Sheena Jay | |

    I am so glad that I have been happy to help someone get a cold case finally solved after all that time. Ava, you are a great lady and I am finally glad that you can put this behind you and maybe find love correctly and without problems. My recommendations in the report are on the post.Sheena Jay

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