Police are investigating anonymous threats sent to individuals at health care facilities in Sequim and Port Angeles.
Threatening letters were sent to four facilities, two in Port Angeles and two in Sequim, Port Angeles Police Sgt. Kori Malone said on May 22.
“It was a vague, non-specific threat,” Malone said early that day, 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 on May 22 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 on May 21 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,” Malone said. “There is nothing indicating specific immediate threat to the person or business.”
Sequim Police Sgt. Mike Hill said late 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.
Jesse Major is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. He can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Gottlieb is a Senior Staff Writer with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. He can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at email@example.com.