UPDATE: Ottawa Police Say Package Was Empty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Authorities in eastern Kansas have reopened a university residence hall after a suspicious package was found to be empty.

The Franklin County sheriff's department says the package was reported about 5:45 a.m. Thursday outside Tau Jones Hall at Ottawa University. Officials evacuated the dorm shortly afterward.

Dispatcher Monica Finch says the dorm was reopened by mid-morning after authorities determined the package was empty.

University spokeswoman Paula Paine told The Kansas City Star that campus security also found other packages at other buildings, and authorities were investigating the possibility that the packages were related to a scavenger hunt that students held Wednesday.

The university has about 550 students at the Ottawa campus, which is about 50 miles southwest of Kansas City.

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