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UPDATE: Employee released from hospital after opening envelope with 'suspicious' powder at Ohio University

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UPDATE: April 25, 2013 11:09 p.m.

Ohio University officials have confirmed the female who opened the suspicious envelope has been released from the hospital. Their identity is not going to be released.

Smith Street will remain closed and the area will remain barricaded during the investigation.

The unknown substance, inside of the envelope, has been sent to the FBI Crime Lab.

Ohio University expects the West Union Street Office Center and the People's Bank to reopen Friday.

 


 

UPDATE: April 25, 2013 5:41 p.m.

Federal, local, and state officials continue to investigate, what they call, a suspicious envelope.

The Ohio National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction team, FBI, and Ohio University Police Department are looking into a suspicious envelope that contained a white, powdery substance.

It was mailed to the West Union Street Office Center and was opened by an Ohio University employee.

Once officials were notified, they evacuated the building and surrounding homes.

"As far as I know, [the victim] is being monitored," said Chief Andrew Powers of Ohio University's Police Department. "I'm not aware, no one has notified me if she's experienced any ad versed symptoms."

OUPD does not believe other areas of the building were affected.

The woman that opened that envelope remains under observation at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens.

The case is now under investigation by the FBI.


ORIGNIAL STORY: The Ohio National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction team, FBI, and Ohio University Police Department are looking into a suspicious envelope that contained a white, powdery substance. 

At approximately 11:18 a.m. the employee opened the envelope, which was received in the mail.

As a precaution, members of the Ohio University Police Department evacuated the Legal Affairs and People's Bank businesses of the West Union Street Office Center. Officials also worked to evacuate surrounding homes near the affected area.

OUPD does not believe other areas of the WUSOC building are affected at this time.

Investigators tell 13News that they believe this incident is isolated and no further action will be needed by Ohio University. At this time, no one has been affected.

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