Video surveillance footage that could have offered police key evidence in a high-profile rape investigation cannot be viewed because the footage was erased and recorded over, police told WWL-TV on Thursday.

The station did a series of stories last year about Maria Treme, a woman who said she was drugged and raped at the Country Club, a popular Bywater hotspot.

The stories showed how the Police Department’s beleaguered Special Victims Section handled the investigation, including decisions not to collect evidence from Treme’s stolen car and not to let her have an advocate present during meetings with detectives.

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