BELLINGHAM -- A letter sent to The Bellingham Herald claims responsibility for the deaths of two convicted sex offenders and has threatened the lives of other high-risk sex offenders in Whatcom County.
"It could be a hoax, and it may not be," Bellingham police Lt. Craige Ambrose said about the letter that arrived Wednesday. "The information in the letter was vague, and the information was readily available through the media and the Internet."
Police notified convicted Level 3 sex offenders in the area as a precaution, he said. "We can't gamble with their safety."
Ambrose on Thursday would not discuss details of the letter that arrived unsigned, four days after Hank Eisses, 49, and Victor Vasquez, 68, were found shot to death at an apartment here. Both were convicted child rapists and had been designated Level 3 sex offenders, according to police.
Police have been looking for a man who may have posed as an FBI agent to gain access to the apartment of the two men last Friday.
A roommate who found the bodies said the man, who wore a blue jumpsuit and a cap with the FBI insignia, wanted to talk to the men about their status as sex offenders.
The man told the three roommates that one of them was on a "hit list" on an Internet site, according to the police. Police have said the roommate who reported the deaths left that evening while the man was still there, and he found the bodies when he returned about 3 a.m. Saturday.