Last week the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors announced a $150,000 for information leading to the person suspected of mailing over 350 white powder letters to businesses, government and community buildings in North Texas and worldwide.
According to NBC 5 in Dallas, the letters have been sent in 13 batches postmarked from North Texas and were all typewritten. The messages frequently include spelling and grammatical errors which indicate a lack of command of the English language, and have included vague messages about the FBI, CIA, al-Qaida and Nazis. Some of the most recent letters have even included references to the cartoon character Scooby Doo. FBI experts believe the suspect is at least 30 years old and may have a history of mental challenges.
“Those who know or have encountered this person may consider him odd or eccentric,” said Kevin Kolbye, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Dallas office.
While all of the letters to date have not contained any harmful pathogens, they have created a great deal of disruption to the recipient organizations and first responders. FBI agents believe the person has a gripe with the government and does not have any actual affiliation with Al Qaeda.
The letters have been sent to every state except Ohio and Kentucky and to embassies and consulates in numerous foreign countries, agents said.