According to CNN, Federal investigators are trying to find out more specifically what Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman (profiled here), knew about the planned attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The intent is to bring evidence before a federal grand jury to determine whether or not charges will be brought against Salman.
As US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said today, federal authorities are going back and looking at all of the contact with Omar Mateen, as well as those around him in order find out if there is anything that was missed.
— CNN (@CNN) June 21, 2016
However there is one rather large problem with one key person in the investigation, it appears that Noor Salman is missing and may not even be in the state of Florida anymore. In an interview the Sun Sentinel conducted with Seddique Mateen, the shooter’s father, Seddique said that Salman was “not around here.”
“If you’re looking for Noor, she’s not here. I cannot say where she’s gone, but she’s not around here.” Seddique said.
The Sentinel went on to report that while reporters were outside Seddique’s house, St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputies arrived, went into the house for a few minutes, and then left without comment.
And perhaps most disturbing of all, according to Breaking911 citing CNN, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that she doesn’t know if Salman has left the state or not.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch Says She Doesn’t Know if Orlando Shooter’s Wife Has Left the State of Florida -CNN
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 21, 2016
We believe the source to CNN’s assertion that Lynch doesn’t know where Salman is came from a press conference held today whereby Lynch said the following in response to an inaudible question: “right now I do not know exactly the answer to that, I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now”
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If this is accurate, how it’s possible that Noor Salman has given federal authorities the slip is beyond our comprehension. Perhaps the department needs more funding, that always seems to do the trick.