FBI removes boat used by Boston bombing suspect to storage

Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:05pm EDT

1 of 2. Members of the FBI Evidence Recovery Team inspect the boat where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hiding at 67 Franklin St. in Watertown, Massachusetts, April 20, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Investigators have removed from its Watertown, Massachusetts, backyard the now-famous boat used as a hiding spot by one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, and have taken it to an evidence storage facility, the FBI said on Saturday.

The boat was the scene of high drama when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old ethnic Chechen charged with the April 15 bombing that killed three people and wounded 264, was captured by authorities on April 19 after a tense day of searching in the Boston area.

The owner of the boat called police after he lifted the tarp of the boat stored in his backyard and saw blood. Police found a wounded Tsarnaev inside the boat.

The boat was processed for evidence at the scene and then moved on Friday to an undisclosed FBI facility for storage, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is also a suspect but was killed by police on April 18.

Also on Friday, the FBI concluded their search at a landfill in New Bedford for evidence connected to the bombings, she said. Eimiller declined to say what evidence investigators hoped to find and whether they found anything.

"We were seeking evidence but we are not commenting on the nature of what was being sought or what was found," she said. "We can confirm that we were there Thursday, Friday and left yesterday."

The landfill is near the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, attended by the younger Tsarnaev.

Local media reported the FBI were trying to find the younger Tsarnaev's laptop.

(Reporting By Karen Brooks; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (5)
tdlane wrote:
It’s a damned good thing that the killer chose to hide in the boat, rather than the boat owner’s house. Otherwise, the FBI would have hauled the entire house into custody as evidence, which would have left the homeowner high and dry (har) without a place to live. Please tell me that I am not the only one to find this sort of confiscation to be a tad absurd.

Apr 27, 2013 12:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rioamericano wrote:
Does the owner get the boat back eventually or does the FBI compensate him at fair market value?

Apr 28, 2013 1:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
chris87654 wrote:
If I find a bleeding terrorist in my boat, it would be better to shoot him than let the cops/FBI pump 100 rounds and some flash bangs into it. Since the punk didn’t shoot the boat owner or blow himself up, they should have had sense enough to use a megaphone to tell him to raise his shirt and climb from the boat first (as they did last). Reminds me of cops shooting that immigrant in a NYC doorway, and those shooting 100 rounds at the two women delivering newspapers (who miraculously didn’t die, which was good in this case, but what if it HAD been the bad guy – seems like cops need some target practice – it’s against the law to fire a bunch of warning shots).

Apr 28, 2013 2:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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