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After testing, cause of Niagara Falls mystery illness still unknown

Posted at 10:59 AM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 12:16:56-05

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — The FBI and Niagara County Sheriff's Office have released more information about a mystery illness that impacted 21 people involved in raiding a Niagara Falls home.

On December 14th, federal and local law enforcement members raided the home at 4 Packard Court in Niagara Falls. During the raid, police say they found drugs and bomb-making materials, and arrested 28-year-old Jeffrey Richards. After the raid, 21 of the officers and investigators involved reported feeling sick with various symptoms.

Because of the reported sickness, hazmat personnel were sent back to the home 12 days later to collect samples for testing. All of the materials collected by the crews underwent biological and chemical testing. Some samples were sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia for further analysis. We've learned all of the test results came back negative, and all of the law enforcement officers who reported getting sick no longer have any symptoms.

The FBI, Niagara County Sheriff's Office, and Niagara Health Department are working to conduct interviews and review the symptoms of the illness. The offices say any definitive findings will be passed along to the community.