William Podgorski, who oversees the Western District Crime Squad, the unit involved in the investigation, said part of the delay is redacting FBI reports.
"Detectives are still actively working on the case," Vance said. "Our goal is to answer all of the questions as best we can, give that information to the families first and then to the rest of the world."
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Allegedly and without any public evidence...)
On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 first-graders and six women at Sandy Hook with a semiautomatic rifle. Lanza then killed himself. Earlier, he had shot his mother to death at their Newtown home.
State police have been criticized for releasing little information to the public about the investigation while at the same time discussing the case at conferences across the country. In March, state police Col. Danny Stebbins attended a conference in New Orleans and told police chiefs that Lanza had created a spreadsheet of the world's top mass killers.
More recently, state legislators and the governor's office have drawn negative attention over their secret drafting of a bill that would block the public disclosure of some information from the Newtown investigation that normally would be available to the public under the state's Freedom of Information law.
A draft of the controversial bill released last week would, among other things, give families of the massacre's victims veto power over release of any photos or descriptions of victims' wounds. It also would ban release of audio tapes of 911 emergency calls which are routinely released by police departments throughout the country – while making transcripts of the calls available for 50 cents a page.
However, after a week of steady criticism, proponents of the secretly drafted bill appear to be backing off in their proposals – if only slightly.
"I don't believe that what we'll do in the final package will be as broad as the draft," said Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who represents Newtown and is perhaps the leading legislative proponent of the bill.
McKinney said Tuesday night that he believes a new version of the bill might permit release of actual voice recordings of the calls, except in cases of graphic descriptions of victims' injuries that could be reduced to transcripts.
But McKinney added: "I can't tell you what the final product is going to be because we haven't gotten there."
No new draft of any revised language was available Wednesday. Secrecy continued to shroud the measure that's been in preparation behind the scenes for weeks by the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, legislative leaders, and the state's top prosecutor, Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane.
It has also not been possible to get a definite answer from legislative leaders or Malloy about what's going to be in the bill, and when it's going to be voted on between now and the scheduled end of the regular legislative session next Wednesday.
The bill has been drafted in secret without going through the normal legislative process, which includes a public hearing. All of the participants hid the proposal from public view, and word of its existence only emerged May 21 when The Courant obtained a copy.
As now drafted, the bill's restrictions would apply only to records of the Newtown massacre.
Advocates of open government and newspaper editorials have blasted both the bill and the secrecy involved in its preparation. "Sensitivity to the families' concerns does not justify a gross overreach that would curb access to the kinds of police records to which the public has a right," a recent New York Times editorial said.
Police never release grisly crime scene photos anyway, FOI advocates said, adding that 911 tapes are essential to citizens and reporters so they can evaluate police response to emergencies.
Both Malloy and McKinney have been unapologetic about supporting what they consider a narrow exception to public disclosure in an effort to shield Newtown families from further agony. McKinney said the victims' families all want it.
Meanwhile, eight days after The Courant asked for emails sent or received by the governor's office in connection with the secretly drafted bill, none have been released.