Authorities continue search for evidence in ricin incident

Published: Nov. 30, 2017 at 1:08 PM EST
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Federal authorities are continuing to investigate the discovery of the deadly toxin ricin inside an apartment at a Vermont retirement community.

Teams in hazmat suits continued to search a Wake Robin apartment unit about 48-hours after the discovery of the deadly toxin ricin.

Walkways remained blocked off with caution tape and tarps, and residents and the were media kept back as federal investigators scoured the area.

The top-rated, upscale retirement community in Shelburne overlooks Lake Champlain and is home to over 300 residents. Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin is among them.

"We had a community meeting yesterday," Kunin said. "This is something that we have to pay serious attention to... The FBI is here, and they're doing their job. And we're carrying on life pretty much as usual."

But the unusual discovery of poison has left many here wondering how it got here. Sources tell Channel 3 News the ricin was not mailed, but instead brought inside a resident's unit in the Hornbeam building. The Health Department confirms that a Wake Robin resident has been hospitalized, but officials say no one is ill from, or being treated, for ricin poisoning.

"The important message is that everybody is safe," Kunin said.

Wake Robin officials have not put out a public statement and on Thursday declined an on-camera interview. The FBI has also not returned our requests for more information. The status of that hospitalized resident -- who officials are not identifying -- is not being released.