Hotel evacuated after suicide threat is back open

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 08:27 AM.

“He spent the night from last night until this morning but was not there when we arrived,” Terry said.

The hotel was evacuated and police spent several hours searching the hotel and the surrounding area for the suspect. Terry said bulletins were sent out to law enforcement agencies regarding the search for O’Brian.

Morehead City Police Chief Wrenn Johnson said the initial report they received around 9:45 a.m. was of a possible suicide attempt using chemicals.

“The initial call was a suicide attempt in progress, and that was our initial response,” Morehead City Police Chief Wrenn Johnson said. “The only information we were given is there was possibly some chlorine in the room and that the possible suicide attempt was possibly going to be chemical.”

The police department’s tactical team conducted the search of the hotel and nearby area, and hazardous materials teams from the Morehead City Fire Department and from Cherry Point were on the scene.

Terry said spice and containers for various chemicals were located in the room but he did not have details on whether the containers had chemicals in them or what type they may have been.

He said the hotel room was damaged, but the incident was confined to one room and the building. The hotel reopened Monday afternoon after it was determined it was safe to do so.

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