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01 Feb 2003

Source: Associated Press, January 31, 2003

Anthrax Search in Md. Mountains Ends

FREDERICK, Md. -- The FBI said Friday it has ended its latest search in the Catoctin Mountains for clues to the deadly anthrax mailings nearly 16 months ago.

Investigators left the area Wednesday night, spokeswoman Debra Weierman said. The agents used scuba divers and video gear to probe the depths of three ponds in the steep, forested hills a few miles northwest of Frederick.

Weierman wouldn't say whether investigators found what they were looking for.

It was the second time in less than two months that the FBI searched ponds in the city-owned woodlands for evidence related to its investigation of anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and infected 18 others in October 2001.

Frederick is the former home of Dr. Steven Hatfill, a biological weapons expert the FBI has called "a person of interest" in the case. Hatfill has denied any involvement in the anthrax attacks.