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Suspicious Letter Delivered to Moorpark Unified School Districti Offices
8/24/2013 11:30:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Suspicious Letter Delivered to Moorpark Unified School District Offices

Report Number:



5297 Maureen Lane, Moorpark

Date & Time:

August 23, 2013 @ 1:45 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Police Department

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Unknown




A suspicious letter containing a threatening note and a white powder substance was delivered to the Moorpark Unified School District Offices.  Deputies from the Moorpark Police Department responded and evacuated the building. Ventura County Fire Department Haz-Mat responded to collect and analyzed the substance in the letter.  The substance was determined to be not dangerous and not harmful.  There were no injuries related to exposure of the substance.  There are no suspects identified at this time and the investigation is continuing.


On 8/23/13 at about 1:45 p.m. the Sheriff's Communication Center received a call from an employee at the Moorpark Unified School District offices stating there was a letter received in the mail with a threatening note and contained a white powder substance.


Deputies searched the building after the building was evacuated and there were no other items of suspicious nature were found.  A small group of employees, who were in the immediate area of the front office where the letter was opened, were quarantined in a safe area until the substance was analyzed.


Ventura County Fire Hazmat, Ventura City Fire Haz-Mat, AMR Ambulance, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBNR) Unit, County Environmental Health, and the FBI assisted on this incident.


Ventura County Fire Department Haz-Mat preliminarily analyzed and collected the white powder substance.  The substance tested negative for dangerous substances such as ricin or anthrax.  The substance was determined to most likely be a household used powder, not harmful.  The FBI will be conducting a thorough analysis of the substance at their regional lab near Los Angeles. 


The Ventura County Sheriff's East County Major Crimes Unit is handling the investigation.  Anyone with information regarding the suspicious letter can contact Detective Mike Ferguson at (805) 494-8222 or email:



Prepared by:

Captain Don Aguilar


Media Release Date:

August 24, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Don Aguilar, (805) 797-7349


Approved by:

Captain Rob Davidson



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).