Boston bombing suspects? Authorities seek IDs of two men seen on video (+video)
Boston bombing suspects: Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombing are working to determine the identities of two men, one carrying a backpack and the other dropping off a bag, who were at the scene prior to the explosions.
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On Thursday, other reports indicated that the FBI is also seeking the identification of a second person captured on video who was seen carrying a backpack and behaving suspiciously in the vicinity of the first person of interest.Skip to next paragraph
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The Los Angeles Times reported that “the image that shows two men is the first indication that more than one bomber may have been responsible for the attacks.”
The Wall Street Journal also says that the FBI wants to identify a second person seen in the crowd.
However, such leads do not always pan out, cautions the Journal. In the 2010 failed bombing attempt in New York’s Times Square, investigators asked for public help in identifying a man in a red shirt leaving the scene who was caught in photographic images. It turned out that person had nothing to do with the case.
For investigators, the race to identify the person or persons they’re looking for will involve much more than flipping through old mug shots to see if any match up. Modern facial recognition software can help them speedily look for matches in FBI databases of arrest photos and criminal suspects. In some instances, surveillance cameras in airports and other public locations can even be programmed to look for people with similar features.
Meanwhile, the nation remained on edge in the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy. An explosion that leveled a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, causing many casualties, added to the sense of American unease.
President Obama is set to travel to Boston on Thursday for a memorial event for Boston Marathon bombing victims. Part of the city’s Back Bay remained a crime scene, sealed by police barricades.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told the AP that he shared the public’s frustration with the fact that no one responsible had yet been caught.
But the case will not be wrapped up by “magic,” he said.
“It’s going to happen by doing the careful work that must be done in a thorough investigation,” said Governor Patrick. “That means going through the couple of blocks at the blast scene inch by square inch and picking up pieces of evidence and following those trails, and that’s going to take some time.”
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