Police Identify Person of Interest in Connection with Suspicious Package at Salina Post Office

Salina Police say they have identified a person of interest in connection with a suspicious package discovered at the Salina Post Office Tuesday morning.

According to a social media statement Tuesday evening, the department says they are working toward formal charges in the case.

Police say they were notified at 9:24 a.m. after a customer discovered the package in the eastern end of the lobby near the post office boxes.

The Riley County bomb squad was called to the scene to handle the package, which they say was an envelope addressed to the Salina Police Department that contained wires to give it the appearance of being explosive.

The bomb squad used a remote control device to remove the package and later used a water shot to open it. They determined the package was not explosive.

The Post Office was evacuated as a precaution while the package was being dealt with. Police also closed several streets around the area of the post office. Those streets were reopened by 4 p.m.

The discovery of the suspicious package comes just one day after a bomb threat at the Pfizer pharmaceutical plant in McPherson. It is not known if the two incidents are related.

Police have not released the name of the person of interest, but did indicate that more information would be released as the investigation continues.

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An investigation continues into a suspicious package found at the Salina Post Office Tuesday morning.

Officials say the package has been taken care of and the scene has been taken over by Salina Police.

Streets in the area have been reopened, while the post office remains closed.

Authorities say a postal customer found the suspicious package in the east end of the lobby just before 9:30 a.m. near the post office boxes. The package was addressed to the Salina Police Department.

The Riley County bomb squad was called into to assist with resolving the situation. A water shot was used to open the package, which was determined to not be explosive. Police say the package was basically an envelope with wires inside to give it the appearance of an explosive.

The discovery of the suspicious package comes just one day after a bomb threat at the Pfizer pharmaceutical plant in McPherson. It is not known if the two incidents are related.

Original Story:

The Salina Post Office has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found just before 9:30 a.m. in the lobby area of the building.

Witnesses tell The Salina Scoop that the area around the facility at 211 E. Ash has been completely blocked off by authorities, which includes the closure of streets close to the building.

The package, which was found by a customer in the east of the lobby near the post office boxes, was addressed to the Salina Police Department, according to authorities.

The Riley County bomb squad and the Kansas Highway Patrol have been called to the scene.

The discovery of the suspicious package comes just one day after a bomb threat at the Pfizer pharmaceutical plant in McPherson. It is not known if the two incidents are related.

The Salina Scoop will have more information as it becomes available.

Updated: March 28, 2018 — 12:29 am




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