UPDATE: Federal Officials Deny Suspect is in Custody in Boston Marathon Bombing

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BOSTON (AP) -- Federal officials are denying that a suspect is in custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Wednesday a suspect was in custody.

But the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston dispute that.

The official who spoke to The Associated Press did so on condition of anonymity and stood by the information even after it was disputed.

The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation. The official had said the suspect was expected in federal court in Boston.

Reporters and police have converged at the courthouse.



There is a possible break in the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.

CBS News has learned that investigators have identified a suspect who may have
been behind the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon. His face was seen on
surveillance video.

CBS News confirms a possible suspect has been identified in the Boston Marathon bombing case. A law enforcement source says the young man was identified from surveillance video at the site of the second blast.

He was seen on a cell phone at the same time the first bomb exploded. Sources say investigators zeroed in on the suspect after checking cell phone records in the area at that exact time.

FBI photos from the Boston Marathon bombing investigation show the remains of an explosive device including twisted pieces of metal, charred wires, and a battery. One photo shows a half inch nail, and part of a zipper stained with blood. There are also photos of a bent metal lid with bolts.

The items are now being analyzed at FBI headquarters in Virginia.

"There, specialized examiners will reconstruct the device or devices and determine its
makeup and components," said Richard DesLauriers, FBI Agent in Charge.

Investigators say the crudely designed bombs were heavy, and carried to the scene in black nylon bags.

They were pressure cooker bombs, packed with shrapnel. The lid of one apparently blew onto the roof of a nearby building.

Similar devices have been used in Middle East terrorist attacks.

The pressure cookers briefly constrain the blast, and when the pressure is released, they can send heavy pieces of metal flying through the air.

Three people were killed, and more than 170 injured in the blasts.

Wednesday morning, doctors at Boston Medical Center said they performed amputations on five victims. They have also been removing debris from victims.

"We've taken out large quantities of pieces of things," said Dr. Peter Burke with Boston Medical Center. "Some are metal; some are plastic; some are wood; some are concrete."

President Obama will be in Boston Thursday to attend a memorial service for the victims.

What is not yet clear is whether there is more than one person involved in the plot. Authorities continue to request tips from the public to track down those responsible for the bombing

A news briefing is scheduled for later Wednesday.


BOSTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation says a suspect has been taken into custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday. The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation.

The official says the suspect is expected in federal court in Boston.

Law enforcement agencies had earlier pleaded for the public to come forward with photos, videos or any information that might help them solve the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday.

Investigators circulated information about the bombs, which involved kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel. But the FBI said nobody had claimed responsibility.

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