FBI agents search car of bioterrorism expert



Agents recently raided three locations in connection with the anthrax case.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- FBI agents searched a car Saturday belonging to the bioterrorism expert whose homes were raided earlier this week by federal agents investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Agents examined the car Saturday at the Connellsville Airport, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, said Frank Cero, a lineman at the airport.
Cero said Dr. Kenneth M. Berry left the car at the airport when he was not visiting family members who live in the area. He said he was not sure what the agents were looking for or what they took from the airport, but the car was still there Saturday afternoon.
Anthrax case
Special Agent Jeff Killeen at the FBI office in Pittsburgh said agents searched a vehicle at the airport in connection with the anthrax mailings, but he did not say who owned the vehicle. The search did not pose a threat to health or public safety, Killeen said.
On Thursday, agents descended on Berry's home in Wellsville, N.Y., and his former apartment, as well as his parents' summer home on the New Jersey shore. An FBI spokesman said the searches were part of the FBI's investigation of the unsolved 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people.
Berry told police that he had nothing to do with anthrax, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., Police Chief Daniel DePolo said in a news conference Friday.
The FBI said the public was not in immediate danger, but would not say what agents were seeking.
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