Mary Cariola building evacuated due to suspicious package

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies were called to the Mary Cariola Center Monday morning about a suspicious package. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Monroe County Sheriff's deputies were called to the Mary Cariola Children's Center Monday morning about a suspicious package.

Deputies said the package was delivered via FedEx to the facility on Monday.

Some of the wording on the package references people who attend the center, which investigators say is cryptic and contained "ranting and raving."

The package was not addressed to anyone and had no other names on it. Police said it was not sent from our area, but did not disclose specifically where it was sent from, or who sent it.

Approximately 200 people attend the center and were evacuated Monday morning while deputies arrived on scene.

The Monroe County bomb squad arrived on scene to investigate the package. Federal investigators were also called to the scene.

The bomb squad decided the package was safe enough to bring it back to a safe location outside of the Mary Cariola campus.

The Mary Cariola Children's Center is run at an Al Sigl facility on East Henrietta Road. The center provides "education, residential programs and other services for individuals with disabilities," according to its website.

In a statement, Mary Cariola officials said:

All students and staff have been relocated to safe locations. Bus transporters have been alerted to early dismissal and are arriving in our bus loops now. Parents may pick up their students if desired. Social Workers have been contacting parents/guardians to ensure that someone will be home for their child who is being transported by bus. Parents may pick up their students if desired. Social Workers have been contacting parents/guardians to ensure that someone will be home for their child who is being transported by bus.

Police are still working to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.


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