Authorities Arrest Paul Kenneth Curtis from Tupelo in Ricin Letter Scare …Update: Paul Kenneth Curtis Released
Authorities announced this morning that a second suspected ricin letter was sent to President Obama. Both ricin letters to Obama and to Senator Wicker (R-MS) were signed
“I am KC and I approve this message.”
Paul Kenneth Curtis from Tupelo, Mississippi was arrested this afternoon in connection with the ricin-laced letters sent to Senator Wicker and Barack Obama.
The Clarion-Ledger reported:
Federal sources have confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger that Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo has been arrested in connection with letters laced with ricin that were sent to Sen. Roger Wicker and President Barack Obama.
Federal authorities were in Tupelo on Wednesday investigating the letters. Both letters were signed: “I am KC and I approve this message.”
Agents with the Secret Service and the FBI used the Lee County Sheriff’s Department as a staging area for their investigation. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson confirmed an investigation, but would not comment on the nature of the investigation.
“We have an investigation that is going on that has got local and federal authorities working together,”
The letter, received by Wicker’s office on Tuesday, had a Memphis postmark and no return address, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer wrote in an e-mail to senators and aides. Tupelo’s mail is routed through Memphis.
The ricin was confirmed by preliminary tests on Tuesday.
UPDATE from Patty:
According to several sites, there is one man named Kenneth Curtis in
Tupelo. He is in his 80’s and has been living there for a decade.
Kenny Kyle Curtis was born in 1925. Kenny currently lives in
Tupelo, Mississippi. Before that, Kenny lived in Lafayette, LA from
1985 to 2003.Addressplus.com has more details
UPDATE: Paul Kenneth Curtis was released from jail.