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Hunting Clues, Anthrax Investigators Drain Pond

Federal authorities began draining a small pond today in a municipal park near Frederick, Md., searching for evidence in the unsolved anthrax mailings that killed five people and inflicted illness on 17 others in 2001, the F.B.I. said. Investigators have been interested in the pond since December, when they retrieved from the murky water a plastic box that some bioterrorism experts said could have been used to carry the anthrax. Now the investigators are looking there for anything else that might add to their evidence — protective gloves, perhaps, or maybe lab-type equipment. The tree-shaded pond is on a dirt road some 50 miles north of Washington and about eight miles from the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, at Fort Detrick, Md. The institute is a center of the military’s research into defense against biological warfare, and investigators have speculated that there could be a connection between the deadly mailings and activity there. Full Story

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