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Man questioned after Cary church receives 65 packages

Posted March 15, 2012 12:23 p.m. EDT
Updated March 15, 2012 5:05 p.m. EDT

— Cary police questioned a man Thursday who allegedly sent 65 packages to Colonial Baptist Church, at 6051 Tryon Road, over the span of a week.

Authorities evacuated the church for about four hours and brought in a bomb squad Wednesday evening. The packages contained religious literature and were mailed from different locations, police said.

Non-threatening emails sent to WRAL reporters are also part of the investigation. The emails mentioned the church by name and asked WRAL to pay attention to events that may happen there through 5 p.m. Thursday.

The man who sent the materials attended the church and has been cooperating with the investigation, police said. Sources told WRAL News that police were investigating possible mental health concerns in the case.

Authorities were trying to determine whether to file charges.

"We are looking at the best possible avenue to handle the case and to come to a conclusion that benefits everybody involved," said Cary police Capt. Mike Williams.

Colonial Baptist Executive Pastor David Burggraff thanked the Cary police for responding and said he didn't want to comment further because of the ongoing investigation.