UPDATE: FBI searching for person of interest in Ricin investigation

Home search/Twenty Mile Bottom Rd./Itawamba
Home search/Twenty Mile Bottom Rd./Itawamba
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Updated: 4/25/2013 5:03 pm
ITAWAMBA CO., Miss. (WTVA) -- The attorney for J. Everett Dutschke says the FBI is aware of the whereabouts of her client.

The revelation comes after local and federal authorities descended on the Ozark community in Itawamba County looking for Dutschke Wednesday night.

Authorities say Dutschke and a friend, Kirk Kitchens, at one point drove from the location of his former martial arts studio in Tupelo to a hunting cabin on Twenty Mile Bottom Road.

Kitchens tells WTVA.com he drove Dutschke to the cabin because they were being followed by the media and didn't want to lead them to Kitchen's home.

He says the Itawamba County property, owned by his father Melvin Kitchens of Pontotoc, had numerous cars parked out front and an aircraft was flying in the area.

Kitchens says they went into the home, turned on all the lights and the television to give the appearance they were inside, then the two slipped away into the darkness of the night.

He says Dutschke met someone on a nearby roadway and left for a location never disclosed to Kitchen's.

He says Dutschke was his son's taekwondo instructor for seven years.

Kitchen's says he believes Dutschke is innocent.

Dutschke has been the subject of an investigation into the mailing of tainted letters to President Barack Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.

He has not been charged, but was described as a person of interest Thursday.

Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson says Kirk Kitchens was stopped by deputies Wednesday night around 9 p.m., but could not confirm if Dutschke was in his vehicle.

He says searches were conducted in the area Wednesday night and Thursday morning before determining Dutschke was no longer at the cabin.

As for Dutscke's whereabout, the FBI would not confirm they had spoken with his attorney, only stating they didn't comment on active investigations.


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