Multiple institutions investigate bomb threats

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Several bomb threat investigations are ongoing on at least four college campuses in the area.

On WAJR’s “Talk of the Town Wednesday, WVU Police Chief Sherry St. Clair said her officers were in active shooter training when the threat was phoned in. She said the threat referenced the Eberly College of Arts and Science and police immediately reacted.

Sherry St. Clair (West Virginia University)

“At the same time we were able to get a hold of the Harrison County bomb dog and Homeland Security’s bomb dog out of Marion County and they were able to come up and help us,” St. Clair said.

Police combed the area and communicated the threat via the campus emergency notification system.

“We walked through the buildings looking for anything suspicious or out of place- anything along those lines,” St. Clair said. “It took us a couple hours to get through that and then we were able to open then buildings back up.”

St. Clair said multiple agencies, including the FBI are investigating the incident and the person responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. .

“Pierpont out of Marion County got it, there was Shenandoah University out of Virginia, BridgeValley, New River,” St. Clair said. “There were several other little schools that were getting the same calls.”

St. Clair said they are comparing and analyzing evidence from other calls in hopes of developing a suspect.

“I think it was one person. We have listened to the Marion County one and it sounds exactly like the one we have- the phrasing and wording,” St. Clair said. “I think it was someone just trying to cause havoc.”

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