Hazmat team investigates suspicious letter; investigation turned over to FBI, OSP

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Aug. 6, 2015, 12:14 p.m.

 

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At 10 a.m. this morning (Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015), a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office employee working in the mailroom noticed a suspicious letter.

The mailroom is located in Oregon City near the Clackamas County Jail, in a separate building from the main Sheriff's Office headquarters. This building is deigned to sort mail in a secure environment with proper ventilation. If anything suspicious is located, only this building has to be evacuated, not the Sheriff's Office or the Jail.

The suspicious letter was similar to other letters sent to sheriff's offices around the state. Similar letters have been turned over to the FBI after a person who opened one of the letters had to be hospitalized. Investigators told us no substances have been found in any of the letters. However, due to concerns arising from that single hospitalization and the possibility of a copycat, the Sheriff's Office chose to exercise caution and contacted the Hazardous Material Response Team.

Oregon City Police and the Clackamas Fire District #1 Hazardous Material Response Team responded to the scene.

Hazmat personnel tested the area and the letter, and found no substance of concern.

The letter was secured in a hazardous-materials bag and will be turned over to the Oregon State Police.

The postmark on the letter was July 25 -- the same as the other suspicious letters sent around the state. There was a forwarding sticker on the letter. The Sheriff's Office recently changed its mailing address so that all mail goes to the secure location.

No employees were injured. The investigation has been turned over to the FBI and the Oregon State Police

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Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office