Technical Rescue

Photo Analysis Used in Boston Marathon Case

UPDATE: CNN reports (http://bit.ly/11jQ2qH) that the FBI has released photos and video of two men it called suspects in the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon and pleaded for public help in identifying them.

The two men were photographed walking together near the finish line of the marathon before the explosions that killed three people and wounded about 180. One of the two men was seen setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion “within minutes” of the blast, said Special Agent Rick DesLauriers, the head of the FBI’s Boston office.

“Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects,” DesLauriers said. “And though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us.”

Using photo-analysis tools, federal agents on the Boston Marathon case continue the search for one or more potential suspects seen on video and considered releasing the images to enlist the public’s help in hunting down the bombers, reports The Associated Press.

The discovery of the surveillance video images raised hopes of a big break in the investigation, even as authorities cautioned not to expect the case to be cracked quickly.

“Not that we are moving to imminent resolution, but we are definitely moving in the right direction,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on his way into a memorial service where President Obama and others honored the three dead and more than 180 wounded in Monday’s twin blasts.

“There’s a lot to follow up on, there was a tremendous amount of response to the FBI’s call to the public to supply photographs and videotape that people have, and there is a tremendous amount of analysis that that requires.”

In Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said surveillance video points to more than one person the FBI wants to find and interview. In remarks to the House Homeland Security Committee, she gave no details on what the video shows. She did not describe them as suspects.

A day earlier, City Council President Stephen Murphy said he was told by police that investigators are looking for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag and then walking away at the site of the explosions that tore off limbs and hurled nails and other shrapnel.

Seven victims remained in critical condition. Killed were 8-year-old Martin Richard of Boston, 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell of Medford, Mass., and Lu Lingzi, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China.

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