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FBI searches former business of Dutschke

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 4/25/2013 2:21 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) --Hazmat teams have left the scene where federal, state, and local officials searched a former business on Rankin Extended all day Wednesday.

Authorities say the business belonged to J. Everett Dutschke, and authorities also searched his home for a possible connection to rincin-tainted letters sent to President Barack Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

Law enforcement searched a green Dodge van parked near the former martial arts studio owned by Dutschke.

Hazmat teams seemed to be interested in whatever may, or may not, have been inside of the vehicle and searched it for quite some time.

Earlier in the day, a man who appeared to Dutschke, was standing nearby.

He was wearing a black jacket while standing across the street from the former studio and talking with officials.

Dutschke continues to maintain his innocence.

Kevin Curtis of Corinth was originally charged with the crime, but the charges were dropped Tuesday.

During a court hearing earlier in the week, an attorney for Curtis suggested Dutschke may be responsible for sending the letters.

Hazmat teams left the scene and took down crime scene tape by late Wednesday afternoon, and the Dodge van was pulled away as well.

WTVA was unable to determine where the vehicle was headed. Meanwhile, the FBI and other law enforcement continued to meet in a vacant store, but would not talk to the media.

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