Federal sources: No suspect identified, no arrest made in Boston

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The marathon finish line bridge is seen on Boylston Street on April 16, 2013 in Boston. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

(WXIA) -- Federal sources have told 11Alive's Kevin Rowson that no suspect has been identified and that no suspect is in custody.

The FBI sent a news release to that effect Wednesday afternoon:

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.


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The Associated Press and CNN earlier both reported that a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has been made.

NBC's Pete Williams says that his Justice Department sources indicate that no actual arrest has been made at this point.

The Boston Police Department also says that an arrest has not been made in the case.

A law enforcement briefing from officials in Boston originally set for 1 p.m., is now expected at 5 p.m.

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