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Texas A&M Police Investigating To Catch Sender of Bomb Threat E-Mail

50,000 people were evacuated from the Texas A&M campus last Friday when someone emailed a bomb threat to the university.

Nothing was found, but if investigators are able to track that email, someone could be facing some major charges.

News 3 talked with a digital forensics expert who believes investigators will be able to find the person or persons responsible.

Friday's bomb threat is the first time ever Texas A&M's entire campus has ever been evacuated for what appears to be a hoax.

Andy Bennett is the Director of Excellence in Digital Forensics at Sam Houston State University.

While he doesn't know all the details in this case, he teaches law enforcement how to track e-mail and computer crimes.

"Every single e-mail we send leaves a trace of who we were when we sent it where we were when we sent it etc.," said Bennett.

Bennett is confident police will narrow in on the person who sent the e-mail.

"These days every router, every hot spot has some sort of geo-location for example when you open up your iPad and you are only using WiFI it still magically knows pretty closely where you were," he explained.

Texas A&M University Police are handling the case but aren't saying if they have any leads on a suspect yet.

"We are working in conjunction with local as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies to help locate the person responsible for this criminal act," said Lt. Allan Baron with the Texas A&M University Police Department.

Bennett adds fake e-mail accounts can also be traced. Once police have a location they can focus in with traditional investigating.

"You would know what time the e-mail was sent you would go to that coffee shop what self respecting coffee shop doesn't have a surveillance camera," Bennett said.

Police are still trying to answer if this threat is related to other recent bomb scares at universities across the country.

"Could be the copycat effect could be the same person. Who knows?," Bennett said.

But we do know experts are on the case.

The e-mail was received Friday morning at the Texas A&M Computing and Information Services Department.


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