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Kansas public officials receive letters containing suspicious white powder

Kansas Rep. Ken Collins says he discovered his Friday afternoon

The mystery continues.

That’s after letters containing a suspicious white powder started being received by legislators and other public officials in Kansas on Friday.

One of those was Kansas 2nd District Representative Ken Collins who serves parts of Crawford and Neosho Counties including Chanute.

He was at work at his business when he was contacted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI).

After checking his mail at home Friday afternoon, he discovered he was among the recipients.

“It was in an envelope with a couple of stick-on labels with my name and address,” Collins says. “It had a return address. It was a woman’s name that was obviously fake along with the address of what turned out to be a local church near me.”

Collins says he has heard that the recipients were all Republicans.

The KBI and FBI say at least 30 letters containing the white powder were reported as of late Friday afternoon.

Law Enforcement is asking everyone to remain vigilant in handling mail.

So far, no injuries have been reported.

Any similar incidents should be reported to the KBI at 1-800-KSCRIME.

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