Police probe threats sent to health care facilities in Port Angeles, Sequim

PORT ANGELES — Police are investigating anonymous threats sent to individuals at health care facilities in Port Angeles and Sequim.

Threatening letters were sent to four facilities, two in Port Angeles and two in Sequim, Port Angeles Police Sgt. Kori Malone said late Tuesday.

“It was a vague, non-specific threat,” Malone said early Tuesday, when the police knew of only one threatening letter.

“The letter was sent to a specific employee at a business.”

Malone did not disclose which business the threat was mailed to, but said it is not a downtown business.

She said early Tuesday that she wouldn’t disclose the nature of the threat or the wording used in the threat due to the ongoing investigation, but said PAPD has consulted with the State Patrol Bomb Squad.

Malone said the typed letter was received by the business Monday and that the envelope had no return address. She said the letter would be sent to the state crime lab for processing.

“There’s no indication that anyone else is in danger,” she said. “There is nothing indicating specific immediate threat to the person or business.”

She could not be reached for more information on the other business late Tuesday afternoon.

Sequim Police Sgt. Mike Hill said late Tuesday afternoon that two letters were mailed to “a general health care facility.”

The letters did not contain specific bomb threats or physical threats, Hill said, declining to provide further details until Sequim and Port Angeles authorities consulted with each other on the correspondences.

Hill declined to say if the letters appeared to be written by the same person or were accusatory, saying he would not release that information in the interest of potentially developing suspects or persons of interest,” he said.

“We are trying to determine how similar they are and if it is the same person related to the Port Angeles letters,” Hill said.

Malone said police are following up on leads and that it is an open and active investigation. She said people should always be vigilant and report specific threats.

She said that anyone with information about the threat should call PAPD at 360-452-4545 or dial 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at jmajor@peninsuladailynews.com.

Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at pgottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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