Shenandoah National Park (VA)
Search for Suspected Sniper
On the morning of October 9, the park received a BOL (be on the lookout) message from Front Royal PD for a white box truck similar to the one associated with the recent series of sniper shootings in Maryland and Virginia. Because the vehicle had been seen near the park, employees were moved from highly public areas to safer locations. Skyline Drive and developed areas were thoroughly checked, but no sign of the truck was found. A local citizen mistakenly assumed that the search meant that the sniper was in the park, which led to some local concern and media interest. Park law enforcement staff worked with local agencies to quickly ascertain that neither the vehicle nor a suspect appeared to be in or near the park.
[Submitted by Greg Stiles, Assistant Chief Ranger]
http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/ ... %3A00%3A00
I wish I could make light of the scare like what happened in the anthrax scare:
http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/mes ... 1004058914
However, still there is a lot of misinformation out there. During the current scare, I hope the Tacoma information is successful.
As a matter of record I would be interested in hearing from folks in the MD/VA area and hearing your descriptions of how this affects you.
So here's the posts:
The French Connection:
While French law-enforcement authorities have alerted American counterparts to their concerns about a missing 25-year-old trainee officer, evidence linking him to the shootings is thin.The missing second lieutenant, whose Slavic-sounding name has been withheld at his familys request, was due back from a hiking trip in Canada and the United States by September 2.
FRENCH AUTHORITIES ALERTED Interpol about the cadet over the weekend. Meanwhile, local newspapers have seized on the speculation under headlines like, A GOOD SHOT FROM COËTQIDAN HAS DISAPPEARED and ON THE TRAIL OF A DESERTER.
The missing man has received routine training on the FAMAS assault rifle, the French military equivalent of the M-16. The FAMAS, like the gun being used by the Washington sniper, is a .223 caliber weapon. But while the French press has singled out the cadet for his shooting abilities, school spokesman Cdr. Francois Guillermet cautions against making much of his marksmanship. That came out of the hat of a journalist... He isnt better or worse than the other students here. He knows how to handle a weapon because thats his job.
The sources said agents wanted the stump because they believe it might have been used for target practice and might contain potential evidence.
Agents also were apparently using metal detectors in a search of the premises. The sources said authorities were looking for shell casings.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/South/10/23/ ... index.html