Divers recover items at San Bernardino lake near site of massacre – CNN

They are seeking the electronic trail of the killers, whom they interacted with, how they hatched and carried out the plot, and why.

One of the items divers were likely looking for was a missing hard drive from the couple’s computer. Investigators believe the hard drive was removed as a way to cover up the crime.

Lake is near site of massacre

David Bowdich, the assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, would not comment on what they were looking for. But the lake is a few miles from San Bernardino’s Inland Regional Center, where the massacre occurred.

The killers were in the area “at some point,” he said, but did not specify if it was before or after the massacre.

As more details emerge on the married couple, officials are also pursuing clues on whom they had contact with.

Enrique Marquez, a former neighbor of the husband, told investigators the two previously built pipe bombs, law enforcement officials said.

Marquez spent several days being voluntarily interviewed by the FBI, and portrayed the two men as hobbyists experimenting with building the devices, the officials said.

Marquez has emerged as a person of interest in the San Bernardino shootings because he bought rifles used in the attack.

He checked himself in to a mental health facility after the attack and has not been charged with a crime.

Jihadist friends

The FBI said the husband had ties to a group of jihadists arrested in California three years ago for attempting to travel to Afghanistan to join al Qaeda.

The couple tried to destroy electronic tracks, but the FBI recovered some of those communications, two law enforcement officials said.

FBI Director James Comey said they found online discussions about jihad between Farook and Malik from late 2013, before they began dating.

Online communications recovered so far indicate the two killers became radicalized long before carrying out the attack.

The FBI is still trying to recover information from two smashed cell phones found in a garbage can near the home.


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