Federal agents search Dover Township house in anthrax attack probe
Federal agents searched homes in both New Jersey and New York Thursday in connection with the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001.
FBI and Postal Inspection Service searched a home in Dover Township and two homes in upstate New York that are reportedly connected to 46-year-old Dr. Kenneth Berry. Berry is the founder of an anti-terrorist organization that trains medical professionals to respond to chemical and biological attacks. Authorities say he is a 'person of interest' and may have knowledge of anthrax bacteria.
The two homes searched in New York are the past and present addresses of Berry, while the Dover home is reportedly where he is staying with his family. The Dover house on 209 Sailfish Way may be registered to Berry's father, William. No arrests were made Thursday.
Witnesses say FBI and postal inspection agents carried bulky bags of material out of the Dover location throughout the afternoon. The agents were not seen with any protective clothing, and an FBI spokesperson says there is no 'present danger to public health or safety.' Wintesses also say the agents confiscated cars at the house.
Five people were killed and 17 fell ill after envelopes laced with anthrax were mailed to various media and government offices in the fall of 2001. The Hamilton Post Office also became contaminated as a result of the attacks.