FBI releases photos of Boston bombing suspects

Two suspects are shown walking with bags Monday at the Boston Marathon.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Apr 18, 2013

The FBI today released images of two men who are suspects in the bombings at the finish line area of the Boston Marathon.

The agency, leading the investigation of the bombings that killed three people and injured more than 170, made public both photographs and video of the men, who were seen in the vicinity of the attack.

The images are the first to be released by investigators, who again asked for the public's help in their search for suspects. Officials have asked for photographs and surveillance video taken along the Boylston Street finish line area of Monday's race.

Investigators have also gathered physical evidence, including scraps of black nylon and metal shards that were packed into a pressure cooker, believed to have been transported in a backpack.

The FBI has also found what they believe to be the detonation system for the bombs -- a circuit board and parts from a toy remote-control vehicle, a counterterrorism official told the Los Angeles Times.

The new images were released on the same day President Barack Obama traveled to Boston to console the city in the wake of the terrorist attack.

The FBI is likely running views of the suspects through its facial recognition system, which includes some 13 million images of arrest mug shots, according to federal documents.

It may also be running the pictures through other state, local and foreign databases, some of which contain more than 200 million images, said Jim Albers, senior vice president at MorphoTrust USA. MorphoTrustsupplies facial recognition software to the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and various intelligence agencies.

"I believe facial recognition will play a major role in finding these people," he said.

Facial recognition works best with a frontal image, but images taken from other angles can be manipulated with software so that they can be run through databases. The software takes a series of measurements of facial structure, such as distance between the eyes, to compile a unique profile which can then be compared, like a fingerprint, to a database.

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The FBI is asking anyone who has visual images, video, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere to submit them on https://bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov/.

No piece of information or detail is too small.

You can also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3, with information.

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By By Ken Dilanian, Shashank Bengali and Michael Muskal - Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) (Dilanian of the Tribune Washington Bureau reported from Washington, Bengali of the Tribune Washington Bureau from Boston and the Los Angeles Times' Muskal from Los Angeles. Times staff writer Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Bostoncontributed to this report. The Norwalk Reflector also contributed to this story.)

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Comments

Fairlybadboy

I doubt this will be helpful to the investigation, but suspect #1 looks like he smells like curry and dirty socks. Number 2 just looks like a douche.

Truthseeker

Should change your handle to Fairlystupidboy. Nothing funny about an 8 year old getting blown up.

shananaginz

Yea because this is something to be joking about. Really funny man.

arnmcrmn

look middle eastern to me.

Kottage Kat

Russian

Contango

Chechen.

Looking like lone wolf nuts with bombs and guns.

Seemingly no BIG conspiracy here for either the lefties or the righties.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/n...

Pretty much gotta read foreign news any more to get any truth or FACTS.

arnmcrmn

Chechnya = Hotbed for terrorism and extremists. Been that way for a long time.