Emailed bomb threat forces lockdown at St. Margaret hospital in Dyer

2012-11-07T11:51:00Z 2012-11-08T13:33:10Z Emailed bomb threat forces lockdown at St. Margaret hospital in DyerLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

DYER | An email claiming a bomb was on the third floor of Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer prompted police to place the hospital on lockdown for more than three hours Tuesday.

The email was sent at 12:54 p.m. to the general mailbox at the hospital, said Dyer police Cmdr. Joe Cinko. Among the messages in the email was the phrase, "There's a bomb in your building, third floor."

The email contained "other rhetoric," Cinko said, but no specific information regarding plans to detonate the bomb at a certain time.

"It alluded to the reason why the bomb was placed there, something about them not receiving the service they were expecting from the hospital," Cinko said.

Officers responded to the hospital and placed the building on lockdown, not allowing anyone in or out, including ambulances coming into the emergency room.

"We conducted a complete search of areas accessible to the general public and on the third floor that are accessible to patients," Cinko said.

A bomb-sniffing dog also was used as part of the investigation. After 3 1/2 hours of searching with no results, Cinko said officers lifted the lockdown.

"We are currently in the process of investigating the origin of the email, and we have some specific leads," Cinko said, adding that charges will be pursued if and when a suspect is found.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



About Dyer

Town of Dyer

One Town Square Dyer, IN 46311
219.865.6108
219.865.4233 (Fax)

Police Department

2150 Hart Street Dyer, IN 46311
Non-emergency 219.865.1163

Fire Department

2150 Hart Street Dyer, IN 46311
Non-emergency 219.865.4215

Parks and Recreation

One Town Square Dyer, IN 46311
219.865.2505
219.865.4233 (Fax)

Lake Central School Corporation

Kay Trapp Administration Center
8260 Wicker Avenue
St. John, Indiana 46373
Phone: 219.365.8507

Featured Businesses