Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin address media

In this file photo from Oct. 2, 2015, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, right, addresses the media at a news conference at the Roseburg Public Safety Building in Roseburg.

The police investigation into the shooting at Umpqua Community College won’t be released until 2017 despite past estimates that the case would close by the end of the year.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that it is “anticipating the investigation to be complete in early 2017.”

Then, “an announcement will be made when we are ready to release records.”

After the shooting on Oct. 1, 2015, The News-Review reported that the sheriff’s department hoped to complete the investigation before the shooting’s one-year anniversary. The following September, the paper reported that the sheriff was hoping to release the police investigation by the end of 2016.

“We’re hopeful that everything will be wrapped up by the end of the year, but it’s impossible to put a timeline on things,” said Dwes Hutson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said in September. “There’s no way for us to do that, but I do think that we’re hopeful.”

At the time, Hutson said the department was waiting for details from the Oregon State Crime Lab along with a behavioral analysis from the FBI.

On Wednesday, Brad O’Dell, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the details from the state forensic laboratory had been received, but the FBI report had not.

The sheriff’s office previously stated the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns early this year could have delayed the FBI.

Once all of the details are made available to the sheriff, the investigation will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial review, O’Dell said.

Reports from Sandy Hook, Connecticut, were released 11 months after 20 were shot at an elementary school in 2012. Ten months after the shooting in San Bernardino, California — which occurred two months after the shooting in Roseburg — a 162-page critical incident review was released.

On Jan. 1, 15 months will have passed since nine were shot and killed during the UCC shooting.

Reporter Ian Campbell can be reached at 541-957-4209 or ian@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17.

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Ian Campbell is the managing editor for The News-Review, a former senior editor at the Emerald Media Group and a camping fanatic. Follow him on Twitter @MrCampbell17

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