November 18, 1997 in Nation/World

Relatives Satisfied With Fbi

Associated Press

Relatives of the victims of TWA Flight 800 met with the FBI on Monday and said afterward they are satisfied with the agency’s conclusion that there’s no evidence the explosion was a criminal act.

Walter Becker, whose 19-year-old daughter Michele was one of 230 people killed, said the FBI presented the families with an overwhelming amount of information.

“My head was spinning,” said Becker, of St. Petersburg, Fla. “These guys did absolutely everything that they could have done and then some to find out if this was a crime.”

The agency investigated for 17 months, including a re-enactment of the blast that ripped the plane apart on July 17, 1996. Last week, the FBI sent a letter to family members saying it is suspending its investigation after finding no evidence of a bomb or a missile.

The agency scheduled a news conference today to tell the public what it knows.

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