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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A woman's touch

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a woman's DNA has been found on the remnants of one of the bombs used by Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev to commit terrorism at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Although that may not mean that a woman was involved in assembling the bombs, the FBI has asked for a DNA sample from Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow. She may not have been the only person asked (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
The officials familiar with the case cautioned that there could be multiple explanations for why the DNA of someone other than the two bombing suspects—Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar—could have been found on remnants of the exploded devices. The genetic material could have come, for example, from a store clerk who handled materials used in the bombs or a stray hair that ended up in the bomb.
On Monday, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were seen leaving the Rhode Island home of the parents of Katherine Russell, the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The elder brother died after a shootout with police four days after the April 15 bombings.
Ms. Russell has been staying with her parents since the bombings, and FBI agents have been seen posted outside the home since her late husband was identified as one of the bombers. Her lawyer has said she is "doing everything she can to assist with the investigation."
One official familiar with the case said agents went to the house Monday to collect a DNA sample from Ms. Russell, the culmination of days of negotiations. FBI officials also have been negotiating with Ms. Russell's attorney in recent days to get fuller access to question her, the officials familiar with the case said. The officials briefed on the investigation said the DNA request was needed to determine whether it matched the DNA found on the bomb remnants.
Ms. Russell is one of as many as a half-dozen people in whom investigators are interested as they seek to determine if the brothers had any help in the bomb attack or the days afterward, the officials said. Ms. Russell's lawyer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the latest developments.
So nice to see the FBI on the case. After all, they did such a great job of preventing the terror attack from happening.

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At 5:28 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Does it seem weird that zero info comes out re the Libya or Mexico situations. And yet a bunch of strange info and disappearances keep happening with the Boston case?

At 6:51 AM, Blogger Alexander said...

Female DNS on a steam cooker? Possibly it has been touched by a woman while in the shop.


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