- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An investigation continues after a suspicious package and threatening letter left at Centene Corp.’s Farmington office forced 22 employees to be briefly quarantined.

Emergency crews on Thursday responded to a call about the letter and the package. Farmington police say powder was in the package, raising concern that it could be a substance such as ricin or anthrax.

Five mail room workers who had direct contact with the package were quarantined, along with 17 other workers who were nearby.

Testing determined the material was non-toxic, and the workers were allowed to go home by Thursday evening.

No arrests have been made. Police and the FBI are investigating.

Centene is a St. Louis County-based health care plan provider. A message seeking comment from the company on Friday was not immediately returned.



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