FBI Investigating Letter With Suspicious Powder Sent to Samaritan’s Purse
Officials responded to Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse after the Christian group received a letter of white powdery substance in the mail.
Franklin Graham has been a frequent critic of radical Islam. This month Graham personally addressed members of the Muslim faith and invited them to convert to Christianity. He also told them they did not have to murder somebody to please God.
The Charlotte Observer reported:
Hazardous Material teams responded to Samaritan’s Purse in Watauga County Friday after officials say they received a white powdery substance in the mail.
The suspicious letter was sent to the Samaritan’s Purse office in Boone, on the 800 block of Bamboo Road, Friday afternoon.
Officials have not confirmed what the substance in the package was, but did confirm that three people were in the room when the envelope was opened. They say those three show no signs of any illness.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the incident.
“Every investigative and safety precaution is being taken regarding this matter. Although the vast majority of white-powder letters are determined to be hoaxes, no incident is taken lightly,” the FBI said in a statement released Friday evening. “Each incident is treated as a real event and the FBI and partners have leveraged the necessary resources to investigate these matters.”
“A suspicious letter was received via the US mail today at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, NC,” Samaritan’s Purse officials said. “It contained a white powdery substance and was immediately reported to the proper authorities who are investigating.”
Law enforcement was called to the scene after the substance was discovered and they alerted the Hazardous Material team as a precaution.
The FBI released a statement.
A statement Friday from the FBI says that it’s working with local and state investigators on an investigation of the letter received Friday at the charity’s headquarters in Boone.
The FBI says that while most letters with white powder are hoaxes, the agency is taking necessary precautions in this investigation.