FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A researcher who may have had access to anthrax while working at the Army's Fort Detrick allowed the FBI to search his home in hopes of removing himself from possible suspicion, a law enforcement official said.
The search was not unusual in the FBI's quest to find a suspect in last year's deadly anthrax letter attacks, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"This was a consensual search for which the only qualification was potential access to anthrax," the official said.
No arrests were made after Tuesday's search at Detrick Plaza Apartments, a civilian complex that shares a barbed-wire fence with the Army post.
Fort Detrick is home of the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, which has anthrax samples. The FBI is conducting voluntary lie detector tests at the base.
Agents searched the apartment of Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, said a manager at the apartment complex, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Hatfill has not been charged or identified as a suspect.
He worked at the medical institute as a research associate in the virology division from September 1997 to September 1999, said Fort Detrick spokesman Chuck Dasey.
Since the attacks, security at Fort Detrick has come under fire.
One former researcher at the infectious disease center has said nothing would have prevented workers from removing deadly germs from the labs.
Five people died in the anthrax attacks last year, and at least 13 others contracted and recovered from either the skin or respiratory form of the disease.
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