The threatening letter to Gov. Charlie Crist that bore a suspicious white powder has a South Florida link, said Florida Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey.
Bailey said the powder is non-toxic, the governor is safe and that the letter "appears to be isolated'" and unrelated to two similar letters that presidential candidate John McCain's campaign reported receiving in Denver and New Hampshire.
Bailey said the Crist letter bore an address, but he wouldn't say much more.
"We are interviewing people in South Florida. And we should close this out fairly quickly.. It did not come from Tallahassee,'' Bailey said. "It came from South Florida, yes.''
Asked how he defined South Florida, Bailey joked: "South of Tallahassee."
Crist refused comment. (We're counting down the minutes till the Sun-Sentinel editors steal this story, too, without attribution).
Bailey said the powder, tested by the Department of Health, proved non-toxic. But he said FDLE will test the substance further to generate more leads and evidence.
The letter was received Wednesday and spotted during a routine mail screen of the governor's mail at a center away from the Capitol. The Miami Herald first reported the incident Thursday night.