In a statement, Wicker said that he and his wife, Gayle, "want to thank the men and women of the FBI and U.S. Capitol Police for their professionalism and decisive action in keeping our family and staff safe from harm."
"My offices in Mississippi and Washington remain open for business to all Mississippians," he said. "We particularly want to thank the people of Mississippi for their thoughts and prayers during this time.”
On Capitol Hill, law enforcement officials cordoned off sections of the Hart and Russell Senate office buildings Wednesday after suspicious envelopes were found on the third floor of each building and a package was found in the Hart atrium. The buildings, across the street from the Capitol, house the offices of senators.
The sectioned-off spaces were reopened Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities “have confirmed a deadly poison was discovered in at least two separated letters found at the White House and Capitol Hill mail facilities,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He added that police also were questioning a man who had “numerous letters in a backpack.”
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., whose gun control measure, co-authored with Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., was being debated on the Senate floor Wednesday, said his Hart building office had been quarantined.
Other lawmakers said they’d received suspect letters or packages.
Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his office in Saginaw, Mich., had received a “suspicious-looking letter” and had alerted authorities. “We do not know yet if the mail presented a threat,” Levin said in a statement.
A spokesman for Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, reported that “the Capitol Police investigated a suspicious package in our office and have now given us the all clear.”
“Sen. Shelby and staff are unharmed,” spokesman Jonathan Graffeo said, referring all other questions to the Capitol Police.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said an aide had discovered “suspicious letters” in his Phoenix office. No dangerous materials were found on the letters, said Genevieve Rozansky, Flake’s spokeswoman.
Curtis apparently authored a bizarre, rambling Internet posting a couple of years ago in which he alleged that he was terminated from a northern Mississippi hospital about a decade ago after finding body parts in a refrigerator in the facility’s “morgue.” He wrote that the episode resulted in three years of research leading to “countless court battles, cops harassing me weekly, death threats, personal & financial losses, several thefts, my home burned down, car exploded, marriage dissolved & bankruptcy.”
Curtis also said that he and his brother were “the only duo Elvis Presley Tribute act in the world.”
As he pursued his case, he wrote, “I sent letters to State Representative Roger Wicker, Senator Trent Lott and Thad Cochran. I never heard a word from anyone. I even ran into Roger Wicker several different times while performing at special banquets and fundraisers in northeast, Mississippi but he seemed very nervous while speaking with me.”
He said that when he brought up his case against the hospital, Wicker “would make a fast exit to the door.”