Police discuss investigation into Jodi Parrack's death, interviews with Ray McCann
CONSTANTINE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In the wake of Daniel Furlong's arrest for the murder of Jodi Parrack, law enforcement has received backlash from the family of Ray McCann.
For years, McCann was the primary murder suspect, and was eventually sent to prison for lying about his actions during the investigation.
Newschannel 3 talked to police about how they focused their efforts on several suspects, and also uncovered testimony from Ray McCann about the night Jodi was found dead.
Michigan State Police tell us following the murder of Jodi Parrack, detectives narrowed the suspect list down to five people.
Ray McCann was one of them.
We're told detectives gave each suspect equal attention.
There was even a false confession by one suspect and police flew to the Upper Peninsula to track down another.
All of them were extensively interviewed.
And tonight, we're getting an exclusive look inside the interview with Ray McCann.
In an investigative subpoena between Ray McCann and St. Joseph County Prosecutor, John McDonough, the prosecutor told him several times to tell the truth and McCann agreed.
But the prosecutor says he found instances of McCann giving false information which led to five counts of perjury.
McCann was one of the first people to find Jodi's body while searching at Constantine Cemetery.
"I asked him, Ray, what if I told you your DNA was on Jodi Parrack's body, what would your reasoning be? And his response was not my DNA was not on her body, he would give, 'Well I could have touched her mom, she may have touched Jodi, I can't remember if I picked Jodi up. things like that," said Prosecutor McDonough.
Court records show Jodi's mother made it clear that never happened.
McCann's mother told us in an exclusive interview she believes there was a witch hunt for her son.
"The cops lied to him as much as he lied to them," said Beverly McCann, Ray McCann's mother.
"Why do you think he lied to police?" asked Newschannel 3.
"I don't know. I guess, he got his stories mixed up," said Beverly McCann.
"Did they tell Ray some things that weren't necessarily true, absolutely they did. That's an investigative tool taught all over the country," said Prosecutor McDonough.
But what put McCann behind bars for perjury, was surveillance video of Tumble Dam in Constantine, a place McCann says he went to call a police officer while searching for Jodi.
The video proved in court he was never there.
Documents also show the prosecutor asked, "Can you give me any reason why you failed the polygraph tests?"
And McCann says, "I don't know why. I don't know why I failed them. I don't understand myself."
It's important to note, that state police tell us several detectives assigned to this investigation believed McCann was *not the killer as they were interviewing several suspects at once.
And he was never charged with murder.