Who put a GPS tracking device on a car owned by movie star Ashley Judd?
According to new information obtained by Nashville's News 2, Ashley Judd thinks her sister Wynonna Judd did it, or had someone else do it.
The tracking device was located under a car owned by Ashley Judd on November 8. That's when a teenager drove the car to a Franklin muffler shop on the advice of her attorney, Virginia Story.
According to a police report, the teen asked the mechanic to raise the car and look for a tracking device.
The mechanic confirmed to Nashville's News 2 that there was a cellular GPS device secured by a magnet attached to the bottom of Ashley Judd's car.
When police contacted Ashley Judd, the police report indicates she said “she believed Wynonna Judd placed the device on the vehicle.”
The device was brought to the police station, but because so many people had touched the device, the report says it was not dusted for finger prints.
According to the report, Ashley Judd was upset about the initial report that aired on Nashville's News 2 four days after the device was first found. The actress claimed the story would put her sister on the defensive.
The police report also indicated that detectives tried to contact Wynonna the next day, but were unsuccessful.
The device was registered to Nashville private investigator Janice Diane Swafford-Holt, who runs Legal Legs Nashville Private Investigation Firm on Nevada Avenue.
Swafford-Holt hung up on News 2, but not before saying, “I'm in the middle of work” and “No. Everything I do is confidential, so I cannot talk to you.”
When police called her, she said she had an appointment and would call back.
Instead of returning the call, Wynonna's attorney Dana McLendon called police.
According to the police report, McLendon said he did not represent Swafford-Holt. He said that she was working for Wynonna as a private investigator to watch the teenager.
He told police Swafford-Holt does not have any records of this and everything was a verbal agreement between Wynonna and the private eye.
Wynonna's Franklin attorney told authorities that Wynonna told Ms Swafford-Holt to buy the device, which she did.
Ms. Swafford-Holt then gave the device to Wynonna, who gave it her ex-husband, Arch Kelley, who placed the device on the car.
When asked if there were any records of this, the attorney said no.
Detectives stated they contacted Kelley and asked if he knew who placed the tracking device on the car. He reportedly denied it, stating, “I don't have a clue. I don't know a thing about it.”
News 2 contacted Kim Helper at the Williamson County District Attorney's Office and she said no one has contacted her about prosecution.
News 2 also checked with Franklin police, who said the case has been ruled inactive.
Multiple attempts to get a comment from Ashley or Wynonna Judd have been ignored.
- Nov. 11, 2013: Tracking device found on car linked to Wynonna, Ashley Judd