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Reward in anthrax investigation doubles

(CNN) -- The FBI and U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that they're doubling to $2.5 million the reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever mailed anthrax-laced letters last fall.

The increase in the reward, from $1.25 million, was announced at a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey, where some of the letters were postmarked.

The agencies plan to distribute 500,000 fliers with images of the four letters mailed to government and media offices. FBI agent Kevin Donovan said the investigators hope the fliers posted at train and bus stations and airports in the south New Jersey area and in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, will elicit information from the public about possible suspects.

"Pick up the phone and make the call," Donovan urged. "You may have the one piece of information that helps us solve this case."

Behavioral scientists have told investigators that the likely suspect is someone who is familiar with Trenton, Donovan said.

Authorities said they hope that by increasing the reward they can generate new leads in the anthrax investigation that has so far failed to find the person or persons behind the letters. Five people died from inhaling anthrax spores in Florida, the Washington area, New York and Connecticut.




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