Transcript: FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick DesLauriers’s remarks at the morning press conference on the Boston Marathon bombing on April 16, 2013
Partial transcript of remarks by Rick DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Boston office, on the Boston Marathon bombing at the morning press conference on Tuesday, April 16, 2013:
Good morning. My name is Rick DesLauriers and I’m Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston division.
I would like to start this morning by thanking the first responders – Boston EMS and Boston Fire Department and the volunteer physician, nurses, the medical staff from the community who volunteered at the marathon. Their services and heroic actions saved lives yesterday afternoon.
We continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force] partners at the Boston Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police as well as all other JTTF agencies.
Our mission is clear: To bring to justice those responsible for the marathon bombing.
The American public wants answers. The citizens of the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts want and deserve answers.
This group of dedicated men and women standing before you today pledged to do everything possible to get those answers.
This remains a very active investigation. Our ongoing investigation in various places throughout the area goes on.
However, there are no known additional threats. We continue to interview various witnesses and process the crime scene, which could take some time.
The citizens of Massachusetts and the City of Boston should expect to see the FBI and its JTTF partners conducting investigative activity in the greater Eastern Massachusetts – Boston area.
Assistance from the public remains critical in establishing a timeline of events which leads to swift conclusion through due diligence and strong investigative activity. We commend the public. We commend the citizens of Boston and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the information that’s been provided to law enforcement so far, and we strongly encourage that assistance to continue.
It is paramount to explain the FBI and the JTTF role to a greater extent, the volume of tips we have received, and reiterating the resources we provide. We have received voluminous tips over the last 18 hours since the incident. We have staffed our 1-800-CALL-FBI tip line and we continue to encourage individuals to contact that line with any additional tips. We are bringing additional victim assistance and evidence response team resources from our headquarters components and other field offices to Boston and they are onsite working as we speak process evidence of the crime scene.
To the extent the crime scene still…in Copley perimeter and it continues to be a crime scene and may be that for several days.
The FBI JTTF is logically following up on a variety of leads. You will see us and our law enforcement officers interviewing maybe your neighbor or co-worker or maybe even yourself if coming days. We encourage you to please cooperate with law enforcement authorities.
The resources the FBI and JTTF allow for swift action, which would hopefully yield quick results. But that does not diminish our diligence and persistence in combing through the high volume of evidence and leads that we are processing right now. We are just beginning upon that path.
Thank you very much.