Investigators from the FBI are searching the electronic devices of the Muslim terrorist who killed at least 49 people in an Orlando nightclub for any direct indications that he planned to target Disney World or nearby Downtown Disney, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told Fox News on Monday.
The search for evidence of any plan to target Disney is in addition to scrubbing those devices for communications with any FBI-flagged individuals, domestic or international, the source said.
As of Monday, investigators are currently scrubbing the Pulse nightclub gunman’s computer for any pictures or videos of Disney World that would suggest Mateen cased the park or its surrounding areas as a potential target, according to the source.
When asked if any direct evidence was found so far, the source told Fox News “it’s still early.”
The FBI has also been in contact with security officials at Disney World to review security camera footage that would place Mateen at the park or at any of its surrounding attractions, the law enforcement source said.
When also asked if investigators were able to access the gunman’s phone, source could not say, but did tell Fox News that once on his phone, investigators would direct attention to the device’s geolocation history to determine any extended periods of time spent in the area of Disney World.
At a press briefing Monday afternoon, FBI Director James Comey told reporters that investigators were “still working through” whether Mateen scouted the theme park as a potential terror target.
People Magazine reported earlier on Monday that Mateen’s ex-wife told the feds he had recently scouted Disney World.
Salman told authorities the couple had recently been to Downtown Disney as well as Pulse in April, a federal law enforcement source told People. People’s source indicated Mateen may have been scouting the locations for a potential attack.
“Unfortunately we’ve all been living in a world of uncertainty, and we have been increasing our security measures across our properties for some time, adding such visible safeguards as magnetometers, additional canine units, and law enforcement officers on site, as well as less visible systems that employ state-of-the-art security technologies,” a Disney spokesperson said.
Source: Fox News