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For Immediate Release
Friday, September 21, 2001
Contact:Richard Bridges (703) 228-3247 (voice), (703) 228-4611 (TTY)
Responsibility for incident and site management at the Pentagon crash site was transferred from the Arlington County Fire Department to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) effective at 7 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21. It is anticipated that additional remains will be discovered during the course of the FBIs investigation. Qualified mortuary personnel remain on site to process these remains.

Arlington County Fire Department personnel will remain on site to continue to provide emergency protective measures for the FBI. Specifically, they will be providing firewatch and monitoring the safety of the structure as the FBI conducts its investigation. Arlington Police will also assist the FBI in evidence processing as well as provide security as needed.

The Urban Search and Rescue team from New Mexico completed its last shift on site at 6 p.m., Thursday evening. The team from the Military District of Washington completed its last shift at 6 a.m. Friday morning. All areas of the Pentagon except for the C, D and E rings between the fourth and fifth corridors are being released to the Department of Defense.

The Arlington Emergency Operations Center remains operational at a staffing level appropriate for this next phase of the operation.

The FBI expects the crime scene investigation to last about a month.

The Official Date and Time of this Release is: 9/21/2001 10:20:57 AM

Arlington County Public Affairs Division
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 310
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 228-3969