The Washington Post
The FBI searched the home of a Fort Detrick researcher who may have had
access to anthrax while doing work for the Army post, a law enforcement
official said yesterday.
The researcher agreed to the search of his house next to the base in
hopes of removing himself from any possible suspicion in connection with
last fall's deadly anthrax letter attacks, according to the official, who
spoke on the condition of anonymity. It was unclear whether the researcher
was a federal worker at Fort Detrick or a worker under contract with the
No arrests were made after the search.
"This was a consensual search for which the only qualification was
potential access to anthrax," the law enforcement official said. The
official said the search was not unusual in the FBI's hunt for a suspect
the letter attacks.
Fort Detrick, which also is home to the U.S. Army Medical Research
Institute of Infectious Diseases, has anthrax samples. The FBI is conducting
voluntary polygraph tests at the base.
Polygraph tests and interviews also are being conducted at Dugway Proving
Ground in Utah, where researchers have been developing a powdered form of
anthrax for use in testing biological defense systems, military officials
Five people died in the anthrax attacks, and at least 13 others
contracted and recovered from either the skin or respiratory form of the