MARQUETTE - The Marquette County Sheriff's Office has identified a person of interest in a rash of bomb threats made Friday against Sawyer International Airport, Sawyer Medical Center, Marquette General Hospital, North Star Academy and Northern Michigan University.
Police believe all five bomb threats are connected. They are not releasing the name of the suspect.
According to the sheriff's office, two suspicious packages were located Friday - one at the airport and one at the medical center.
As of press time, police were anticipating the arrival at the airport of a Michigan State Police bomb squad from Gaylord by approximately 10 p.m. Friday.
All inbound flights to Sawyer International were postponed Friday until this morning.
An American Eagle Airlines flight is scheduled to arrive at 9 a.m. today and two Delta Airlines flights are scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. and noon respectively. However, officials are encouraging people to check flight times today to confirm that schedule.
MGH spokesman David Edwards said the MGH clinic located at Sawyer was closed Friday afternoon. After consulting with police, officials decided the main hospital campus in Marquette will remain open, Edwards said.
The sheriff's office said Northern was also cleared and is functioning as normal. NMU Public Safety officials could not be reached for comment Friday night.
Earlier Friday, a bomb threat made against North Star Academy caused evacuation of all teachers and students to the MarqTran station on Commerce Drive in Marquette Township. A search of the school found nothing suspicious and school will resume as normal Monday. Marquette Township Fire and Rescue, Marquette Township Public Works and Marquette County Unit Rescue 131 assisted at the scene.
Other assisting agencies include the Escanaba Public Safety Department K-9 unit, the Forsyth Township Police and Fire Departments and Northern Michigan University Public Safety Department.
An investigation into the incidents is ongoing.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.