FBI Expands Ricin Search in Mississippi

FBI Expands Ricin Search in Mississippi

The FBI is expanding its search in the ricin investigation from Tupelo to neighboring Itawamba County, at the home of a former martial arts student of Everett Dutschke, a person of interest in the case.
ITAWAMBA CO., MS (abc24.com) - The FBI is expanding its search in the ricin investigation from Tupelo to neighboring Itawamba County, at the home of a former martial arts student of Everett Dutschke, a person of interest in the case.

Dutschke maintains he is innocent of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and a Lee County judge. He was developed as a possible suspect after charges were dropped against Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis tribute artist from Corinth.

The FBI has since searched Dutschke's Tupelo home, vehicle and martial arts school, which has been closed for several months after Dutschke was indicted on child molestation charges. Dutschke's lawyer states her client has been cooperating fully with authorities. She also refuted reports that Dutschke had gone missing, stating to ABC 24 News via text message Thursday, "Just spoke with FBI. My client is not missing. We told them exactly where he is. They stated there is no warrant for his arrest at this time."

Thursday morning, the FBI turned their investigation to the home of Kirk Kitchens, Dutschke's former student. Itawamba Co. Sheriff Chris Dickinson stated, "We came, we searched this residence and made sure no one was there anyone needed to talk to, and to clear the community of any anxiety. It's not our case; we're going to relay what we know to federal authorities. They'll do whatever they want to do."

Kitchens also said the FBI knows where Dutschke is, and doesn't believe he is involved in any way with the ricin-laced letters. "I would not be associated or have anything to do with him if he did," Kitchens told ABC 24 News.

The FBI has remained tight-lipped on the investigation. We know the agency still considers Dutschke to be a person of interest, but there is no warrant for his arrest.

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