Tupelo, Miss. (WTVA) - The FBI has released new information about the a major arrested in the investigation of ricin laced letters sent to President Obama and Senator Roger Wicker (R) Mississippi.
The news release states the following:
(On Wednesday) at approximately 5:15 p.m. (CDT), FBI Special Agents arrested Paul Kevin Curtis, the individual believed to be responsible for the mailings of the three letters sent through the U.S. Postal Inspection Service which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin. The letters were addressed to a U.S. Senator, the White House and a Mississippi justice official.
The individual was arrested at his residence in Corinth, Mississippi, following an investigation conducted by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Memphis, Tenn., and Jackson, Miss., the U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Secret Service, aided by the following state and local agencies: Lee County, Miss., Sheriff’s Office, Prentiss County, Miss., Sheriff’s Office; Corinth, Miss., Police Department; Booneville, Miss., Police Department; Tupelo, Miss., Police Department; and the Mississippi National Guard 47th Civil Support Team.
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WTVA News has learned that authorities plan to hold a news conference at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Lee County Justice Center that could provide new information.
We plan to carry that news conference live on both WTVA-TV and WLOV-TV.
Also, Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland has confirmed that she received a letter on Wednesday morning that contained a white, textured substance.
According to Judge Holland, the letter said the person who wrote it said that they tried to talk to someone and that no one would listen and now someone must die.
The letter was reportedly signed with the same signature as the two letters sent to President Obama and Senator Wicker.
Senator Wicker issued the following statement:
“Gayle and I want to thank the men and women of the FBI and U.S. Capitol Police for their professionalism and decisive action in keeping our family and staff safe from harm. My offices in Mississippi and Washington remain open for business to all Mississippians. We particularly want to thank the people of Mississippi for their thoughts and prayers during this time.”
We'll continue to keep you updated here at WTVA.com and on WTVA News.