Letter addressed to Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker tests for ricin

No word on when letter was sent

WASHINGTON - Sen. Roger Wicker is acknowledging a letter sent to his Washington office is the subject of an investigation by the United States Capitol Police and the FBI.

Wicker says there is an "ongoing investigation" and that he wants to thank law enforcement officials for keeping the Capitol complex safe. An envelope addressed to Wicker's office on Tuesday twice tested positive for Ricin.

Wicker says he and his wife, Gayle, appreciate "everyone's thoughts and prayers."

Earlier in the day, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says a letter containing ricin or another poision was sent to the Wicker's office.

In brief remarks to reporters in the Capitol, Reid did not say when the letter was sent. It's customary for mail addressed to congressional offices to be screened at an off-site facility.

Sen. Mary Landrieu also confirmed a letter containing poison had been to a sent to a senator. She said lawmakers were informed of the fact at a closed-door briefing about the Boston Marathon bombings.

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