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Person of Interest in Ricin Letters Case

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An East Texas man is linked to the ricin-laced letters sent to public officials this week.

Nathan Richardson of New Boston, Texas has been taken in by authorities as a person of interest in the case.

Traces of the poison were found in a letter addressed to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Thursday, a similar letter was discovered by the White House processing center.

The letters, all sent from the Postal Service Sorting Center in Shreveport, contained the same threatening message, "You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone who wants to come to my house will be shot in the face….What's in the this letter is nothing compared to what I've got planned for you."

The Shreveport center handles mail from portions of Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas.

Sources tell KTBS 3 News that Richardson was picked up Thursday at the Red River Army Depot in Hooks, Tx.

The facility overhauls and remanufactures military vehicles.

Richardson is currently a civilian employee with the Department of Defense.

It has been reported that Richardson's wife, Shannon Richardson (also known as actress Shannon Guess), turned him in after finding a container of strange material in their refrigerator along with an Internet search on ricin.

Right now, Richardson is being treated strictly as a person of interest. The FBI has no comment on the situation.

The FBI brought equipment to Richardson's home in the Twin Oaks subdivision for testing, Friday afternoon.

KTBS 3 News has learned that he moved into the house on Maple Street two years ago.

Stay with KTBS 3 News and ktbs.com for more details as they become available.

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