FBI Offers $50,000 Reward for Information Leading to Conviction of ELF Criminals

The FBI last week announced that it was offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Earth Liberation Front criminals who on May 21, 2001 firebombed an Oregon tree farm and a Seattle horticulture center.

According to an FBI press release announcing the reward,

At 3:20 a.m. on May 21, 2001, the University of Washington Urban Horticultural Center in Seattle and the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie, Oregon, were simultaneously ignited causing millions of dollars in damage. Five days later, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed responsibility for both arsons, citing its disapproval of genetic engineering research for poplar trees.

According to The Oregonian, the FBI believes that the two arsons along with three other earlier arson in Oregon, including one at an automobile dealership, are all the work of the same individual or group of individuals due to the similar construction of the incendiary devices used in all five bombings.

Anyone with information about the arsons should contact their local FBI office.

Sources:

FBI Press Release. FBI, May 21, 2004.

FBI offers $50,000 reward for ELF leads. Bryan Denson, The Oregonian, May 22, 2004.

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