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Boston Bombing Investigation Shifts to Identifying Suspect

Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device, April 16, 2013.
Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device, April 16, 2013.
VOA News
The work to identify a bombing suspect from video and photo evidence continues, after Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough Wednesday.

Investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions Monday that left three people dead and wounded more than 170.

The images found on surveillance footage from a department store near the finish line have not been made public.

U.S. President Barack Obama is attending an interfaith memorial service before noon Thursday in Boston.  The president will be bringing a message of resolve and commonality, officials said.

Arrest rumors

On Wednesday, the FBI, federal prosecutors and Boston police all denied widespread media reports a suspect in the case had been arrested.

During a press conference, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick offered hope, saying the investigation is progressing.

Two blasts seconds apart near the finish line of Monday's marathon killed an eight-year-old boy, a restaurant catering manager and a Chinese graduate student at Boston University.

  • In this image from video provided by WBZ-TV, spectators and runners run from what was described as twin explosions that shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013.
  • Medical workers transport the injured across the finish line during the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion, April 15, 2013.
  • Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion, April 15, 2013.
  • One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated by two people in protective suits in the wake of two blasts in Boston April 15, 2013.
  • Runner John Ounao cries when he finds friends after several explosions rocked the finish of the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • A police officer clears Boylston Street following an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • Medical workers aid a wounded woman at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following two explosions there, April 15, 2013.
  • Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, April 15, 2013.
  • A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • A Massachusetts state police officer guards the area containing the medical tent, rear, following an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • An unidentified Boston Marathon runner leaves the course crying near Copley Square following an explosion, April 15, 2013.
  • A Boston police officer wheels in injured boy down Boylston Street as medical workers carry an injured runner following an explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • Justine Franco of Montpelier, Vermont, holds up a sign near Copley Square looking for her missing friend, April, who was running in her first Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • President Barack Obama leaves the podium after speaking in the press briefing room at the White House, April 15, 2013, following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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