June 16, 2017

FBI Investigating a Series of Suspicious White Powder Letters Sent to U.S Congressional 6th District Candidate Karen Handel, Neighbors, and Several Media Outlets

ATLANTA—David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, provides the following information to clarify a series of suspicious white powder responses by FBI Atlanta and other first responders yesterday, June 15, 2017.

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, a series of suspicious white powder letters were sent to Roswell, Georgia residents, one of which was the residence of U.S. Congressional 6th District Candidate Karen Handel.

Concurrent with that incident, WAGA Fox 5’s Briarcliff Road, Dekalb County news station received a very similar letter containing suspicious white powder. Later that evening, WXIA 11Alive received a similar suspicious white powder/letter at their Atlanta offices.

More than a dozen letters are under review. Of the several letters opened, all contained threat based content. Nine letters were not delivered as they were intercepted from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) prior to delivery.

Initial field testing for all of the letters indicated negative for any known hazards. Additional testing will, however, be conducted at the Georgia Department of Public Health out of an abundance of caution and per hazardous materials protocols.

Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact FBI Atlanta at tel. (404) 679-9000.