UPDATE: Suspect in Bank Threats Found Dead

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Investigators in Aspen say a suspect they were looking for in connection with a bomb threat investigation has been found dead, police say the man shot and killed himself in his car. The city has lifted an the evacuation order of a 16 block area downtown.

The body of former Aspen resident Jim Blanning was found on Independence Pass early Wednesday morning. Police will be releasing more information later this morning after a news conference.

Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. suspicious packages were found at two downtown banks, prompting the evacuation of a 16-block area and canceling New Year's Eve fireworks.

Police say a Wells Fargo Bank discovered a package with a threatening note, and a nearby Vectra bank reported a similar package minutes later. The packages were wrapped in Christmas paper and left on top of Pizza boxes in black sleds. Police didn't elaborate on the contents of the packages or the notes.

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