The Federal Bureau of Investigation held a press briefing today in which they released photo and video footage of two individuals suspected of being involved in Monday’s deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon.
“Today we are enlisting the public’s help to identify the two suspects,” F.B.I. Special Agent Richard DesLauriers said at the conference.
“After a very detailed analysis of photo, video and other evidence, we are releasing photos of these two suspects. They are identified as ‘Suspect 1′ and ‘Suspect 2.’ They appear to be associated.”
“Suspect 1″ is wearing a black hat with a matching black packpack and “Suspect 2″ is wearing a white hat with a matching white backpack. They both are wearing dark hoodies and sneakers and walk by dozens of spectators, one after another.
A collection of photos of both can be viewed on the F.B.I.’s website in greater detail, along with directions to reach out agency with tips should the public have any.
“Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family members of the suspects,” he added. “Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward.”
Mr. DesLauriers only took a couple questions, urging the media to stay focused only on official photos after a number of embarrassing reports on “possible suspects” have emerged over the last few days. The New York Post splashed the photos of two unconnected individuals on its front pages today, for example.
“For clarity, these images should be the only ones–I emphasize, the only ones–that the public should use to assist us,” he explained. “Other photos should not be deemed credible and they unnecessarily divert the public’s attention.”
Surveillance footage of both suspects can be viewed below: