- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOONE, N.C. — The FBI says it’s investigating a suspicious letter containing white powder that was sent to the headquarters of the Samaritan’s Purse charity in western North Carolina.

A statement Friday from the FBI says that it’s working with local and state investigators on an investigation of the letter received Friday at the charity’s headquarters in Boone.

The FBI says that while most letters with white powder are hoaxes, the agency is taking necessary precautions in this investigation.

The charity is run by the Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham. The charity has made headlines in recent months for its work to fight Ebola in West Africa.

FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said she didn’t have information on how many people may have handled the letter at the charity. A spokesman for the charity referred questions to the FBI.

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