Suspicious envelope prompts DA’s office evacuation
The district attorneys Eagle office was evacuated Monday afternoon after a staff member opened an envelope containing some sort of white powder, sources told the Vail Daily.
“The building was evacuated after we received a suspicious envelope from a known prankster,” said district attorneys office spokeswoman Krista Flannigan.
The envelope is in the hands of investigators.
“State, local and federal investigators are examining it,” said Flannigan.
Flannigan said there was no reason to suspect anyone connected with the Kobe Bryant rape case was responsible for the incident.
Sources from the Eagle County Justice Center said the envelope contained some kind of white powder. They said that while the district attorney’s office was evacuated, the adjacent building containing the courts, judges’ chambers and the sheriff’s office was under no threat and did not need to be evacuated.
A hazardous materials crew, Eagle fire fighters and the Eagle police were on the scene during Monday’s late afternoon hours.
Flannigan said the district attorneys building could be closed for up to two days while the investigation continues.
Local attorneys said the closure could prohibit anyone from the district attorneys staff from entering the building to retrieve files from cases they’re working on. That could set cases back even further.