Suspicious Package Found At VSU

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Updated By: Joe Hellriegel
March 6, 2014, 6pm

Eyewitness News Reporter Joe Hellriegel met with VSU Communications Director, Thressea Boyd, regarding the suspicious package found at the University Center earlier today.

"Around 3:15pm, we received a report through our VSU Police of a suspicious package that was left over in the corner of the University Center. Immediate procedures went into place. They evacuated the building for precautions and were joined by assistance with the Valdosta City Police. After a period of time, it was determined to bring in the GBI [Georgia Bureau of Investigation]. The GBI then did arrive and x-rayed the box, and then were able to determine it had no contents. It was opened safely. The box was a locked box. It was actually reported by an employee, so we want to commend our employees for following the "see something, say something" rule. Everything went very smoothly. I think people cooperated with the evacuation. The City Police handled the road closures, so we were good."

The scene has been cleared, and all roads are now open.

Updated By: Joe Hellriegel
March 6, 2014, 5:30pm

The suspicious package at VSU has been opened, and the contents have been declared safe. All surrounding roads and buildings are now open.

Updated By: Joe Hellriegel
March 6, 2014, 4pm

The package was found just off Ann Street at the Valdosta State University Center. Patterson St is closed off from Brookwood to Gordon.

News Release: VSU

A suspicious package has been found at Valdosta State University.

The University Center has been evacuated.

Valdosta Police Department and VSUPD are investigating the scene and the package.

We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.