Fifth Black Death envelope found

A fifth envelope has been discover at University of California - Irvine containing white powder and a message with the words "black death."

The fifth envelope has the same return address as four others that had previously been discovered.

Two envelopes carrying the "black death" message were discovered on Monday and a third was discovered Tuesday morning. Following their discovery, the buildings they were found in were evacuated and a HAZMAT team was called to the scene.

Field tests performed by the FBI showed that the powder in the three envelopes was not a biological hazard like anthrax.

One of the letters was addressed to a counselor, one to a sociology professor and one to an engineering professor.

A fourth envelope was found Tuesday morning addressed to an assistant dean of biological sciences and sent to the campus' Natural Sciences II building.

The assistant dean's office was closed by authorities who then conducted tests for hazardous materials.

The fifth envelope was discovered on Wednesday afternoon.

All of the envelopes, in addition to carrying the "black death" note, had a return address in Idaho.

No motive, including terrorism, has yet been determined or ruled out by UC-Irvine police or the FBI. The campus mail room has begun scanning incoming mail for any suspicious letters but officials believe that the envelopes had arrived during winter break and been distributed on Monday.


The fifth envelope has the same return address as four others that had previously been discovered.

Two envelopes carrying the "black death" message were discovered on Monday and a third was discovered Tuesday morning. Following their discovery, the buildings they were found in were evacuated and a HAZMAT team was called to the scene.

Field tests performed by the FBI showed that the powder in the three envelopes was not a biological hazard like anthrax.

One of the letters was addressed to a counselor, one to a sociology professor and one to an engineering professor.

A fourth envelope was found Tuesday morning addressed to an assistant dean of biological sciences and sent to the campus' Natural Sciences II building.

The assistant dean's office was closed by authorities who then conducted tests for hazardous materials.

The fifth envelope was discovered on Wednesday afternoon.

All of the envelopes, in addition to carrying the "black death" note, had a return address in Idaho.

No motive, including terrorism, has yet been determined or ruled out by UC-Irvine police or the FBI. The campus mail room has begun scanning incoming mail for any suspicious letters but officials believe that the envelopes had arrived during winter break and been distributed on Monday.