– Investigators have found images of a suspect who may have planted the bombs that killed three people and maimed scores more at the Boston Marathon.
No arrest has been made and no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. But images from a surveillance camera and still pictures could mark a breakthrough before the visit later on Thursday to the city by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, in what was termed a “healing” mission.
Two days after two bombs tore through crowds on the marathon finish line, wounding 180 people, Boston remained on edge.
The courthouse and part of a hospital used for the victims were briefly evacuated, while conflicting reports of an arrest brought a rebuke from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
But a law enforcement official said on Wednesday: “There is an image of a person, of a potential suspect.”
Investigators are working “to locate and identify that individual”.
The “Boston Globe” said the images on a surveillance video taken by a nearby department store may have captured the suspect planting one of the bombs. Separate media reports indicated there were pictures of the suspect running away while other people slumped to the ground during the blast.
While the FBI said it had launched a worldwide hunt, individuals are taking to the internet in efforts to identify potential culprits.
A group called 4chan Think-Tank posted a 57-picture album on the website featuring images of people who had black backpacks after it was revealed investigators had a video of a possible suspect.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department have circulated a picture of a damaged black backpack that investigators believe may have held one of the bombs.
The website has had more than 1.5 million views while on, a subgroup called “findbostonbombers” had more than 100 message threads.
Another reddit page urged caution as individuals took to the website while state, local and federal officials tracked down leads.
“We do not condone vigilante justice. Our aim is simply to provide tips for the FBI, not to take matters into our own hands,” a user known as Rather-Confused said in a posting.
“While it’s admirable to help, posting information on anyone noted in pictures could have a devastating effect on their life.”
One example cited but he website is Richard Jewell, the security guard who was falsely linked to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Massachussetts Governor Deval Patrick appealed for patience over the pace of the investigation.
Mr Obama and his wife were to attend an inner-faith service for the victims at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Thursday.
About 100 of the injured up have left hospital, but about 10 remain in critical condition and will require more operations – Tim Witcher


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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