AVL AIRPORT SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE "PERSON OF INTEREST" IDENTIFED AND DETAINED OVER THE WEEKEND

THE SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE WAS FOUND AT 7 AM FRIDAY   

TERMINAL DRIVE WAS SHUT DOWN FOR A WHILE FRIDAY MORNING   

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The “person of interest” connection with that suspicious package found near he baggage area at the Asheville Regional Airport early Friday morning has been identified, detailed, and presumably questioned over the weekend by local and federal authorities. The “person of interest” was identified as Michael Christopher Estes.

A caller recognized him from media reports, and he was detained by the Asheville Police Department officers without incident Saturday morning along Airport Road.
The investigation is continuing and has reportedly been turned over to federal authorities.

On Friday, authorities with the Asheville Regional Airport said a suspicious package found curbside outside the baggage claim area.
Tina Kinsey, a spokesperson with the Asheville Regional Airport, told reporters that the package was discovered Friday morning at around 7 a.m. A portion of the terminal was evacuated, Terminal Drive was shut down, and emergency response teams were called in.

Just after 8:30 a.m., crews secured the situation and reopened the area to travelers.
The Asheville Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Asheville Regional Airport Police Department are working in coordination to further investigate this incident.

The FBI said over the weekend that additional details about the investigation will be released "when appropriate "by the FBI or the U.S. Attorney's Office.