– The Boston bomber – or bombers – may be trapped by their mobile phones.
Police and the FBI last night were closing in on two possible suspects.
One lone man, wearing a white or off-white baseball cap, was captured on CCTV footage by a camera at a department store near the marathon’s finishing line.
The vision captures him perhaps planting the second deadly bomb, as he talked on his phone.
The film obtained by the FBI – not yet released to the public – is said to show him using his phone at the moment the first explosion detonated 90 metres away on Boylston Street and 12 seconds before the second blast, close to where he was standing.
Law enforcement officials have been sharing pictures of two men they consider to be of high interest.
A circular designated for “law enforcement eyes only” was sent out yesterday and was said to include clear photos of the two men.
One is said to be wearing a backpack. At least one of the bombs was believed to have been in a black backpack. Other reports said one suspect could be seen running away, his trousers in shreds, as other people ran to help those on the ground.
Monday’s blasts killed three people and injured more than 180.
Investigators have been going through mobile phone logs to determine who made calls from that location near the time of the explosions. And the FBI is working with a list of names of phone owners and trying to match one to the man captured on the surveillance camera.
It also emerged that the force of the first blast was so strong it catapulted the lid of the pressure cooker on to the sixth-floor roof of the Charlesmark Hotel 30 metres away. It helped police identify it as a mid-size Fagor brand pressure cooker, at least 50,000 of which are sold each year.
Fagor America Inc. Said yesterday it had been “contacted by government investigators and are extending our full cooperation”.
It was a day of roller coaster emotions in the stunned city of Boston.
Early media reports said a suspect had been arrested and was about to appear in court, only for the FBI to issue an emphatic denial.
The speculation came ahead of a visit to the city by US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle.
The visit, overnight Melbourne time, would bring a message of “resolve”, said White House spokesman Jay Carney. They will take part in an interfaith service to remember the victims.
More than 100 victims had been released from Boston’s hospitals by late yesterday. At least 13 remained in a critical or serious condition.
The father of Martin Richard, 8, who died in the bombings, remained at the bedside of his wife, Denise, and daughter Jane, 6.
Other stories of heartbreak have emerged.
Newlyweds Patrick Downes, 29, and Jessica Kensky, 32, standing near the finish, both lost their left legs below the knee – Janet Fife-Yeomans


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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