Powder at Eagle County Sheriff’s Office? Instant pudding
Eagle, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado ” Local law enforcement officers have now identified the mysterious white powder that was mailed in an envelope to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 13: Jello-brand instant vanilla pudding.
The fellow who mailed the stuff, along with a traffic citation and a $35 money order, had no explanation for the incident other than he is a “slob.”
The incident, which quarantined the sheriff’s office for several hours, drew a response from more than 30 law enforcement and emergency service workers, including a hazardous materials team. According to a report filed by the Eagle Police Department, sophisticated infrared sensor equipment was used that day to identify the powdery substance.
The officers also had a suspect: The Colorado Springs man whose name and address were on the parking ticket. However, that fellow has been on vacation, and the police were only recently able to contact him.
The suspect, when advised of the problems the messy envelope had caused, reacted with alarm, and said he did not know what the substance was. He offered the explanation that he is “not a clean person,” and that the powder was probably picked up inadvertently from his messy kitchen table while he was paying bills.
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After talking with the Eagle police, the suspect was interviewed by three postal inspectors. He continued to claim innocence.
All of the law enforcement agencies involved concluded that there was no reason to continue the investigation.