Tsarnaev Wife Refuses To Talk To Investigators: Female DNA On Boston Bomb Is Not Katherine Russell
Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife Katherine Russell refused to talk to authorities when officers visited her at her parent's home in Rhode Island.
Authorities first reached out to Katherine Russell-Tsarnaev when they discovered Tamerlan Tsarnaev had made a phone call to his wife just hours after the FBI released the first surveillance images of the Tsarnaev brothers. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was later killed in a shootout with authorities. Younger brother Dzhokhar was captured when authorities discovered him hiding in a boat.
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According to the New York Times, investigators hope to uncover all individuals that have played a role in aiding the bombers in the deadly Boston bombing. What's more, officials strongly believe Katherine Russell-Tsarnaev holds key knowledge regarding the terrorist plot.
According to Katherine Russell-Tsarnaev's attorney, Amato DeLuca, the widow did not know that her husband was the terrorist behind the Boston explosions until she saw his name on TV. In addition, DeLuca noted that Russell-Tsarnaev is an extremely busy home health aide that works 70 to 80 hours each week. Finally, De Luca said that Katherine Russell did not speak Russian and did not always understand the conversations Tsarnaev has on the phone.
Authorities continue to collect evidence, attempting to determine whether the Tsarnaev brothers are tied to Islamic terror cells. According to the FBI, Tamerlan Tsarnaev made a suspicious trip to Russia's volatile North Caucasus region last year. The region is an regarded as a hotbed for separatist extremism.
A significant breakthrough in the investigation occurred when officials identified a fingerprint that was found on a bomb fragment from the Boston Marathon explosion. On Monday, investigators collected fingerprint samples from several people to see whether a match could be found.
Female DNA was discovered on a piece of bomb fragment, which raised suspicions that Katherine Russell is a prime suspect. In fact, CNN reports that the bombs were likely built in the apartment that Tamerlan shared with his wife and three-year-old daughter. However, Daily Mail reported that results later confirmed the female DNA found on one of the Boston Marathon bombs did not belong to Katherine Russell.
The Boston Marathon bombing occurred on April 15 at the finish line of the race. Pressure cooker bombs detonated, killing 3 victims and injuring approximately 260 more.
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