CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State and federal authorities are investigating a threatening message directed to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
DHHR employees were alerted to the threat early Wednesday afternoon by an email from Secretary Karen Bowling, said Lawrence Messina, a spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
Her message to employees was that law enforcement had been notified of the threat and that employees should tell a supervisor if they notice something of concern, Messina said.
State officials are being careful not to comment on the specifics of the threatening message because they don't want to interfere with the investigation, he said.
"We're trying not to stumble into the path of law enforcement, wherever they're going with this," Messina said. "The goal is to be safe and allow law enforcement to respond and that's what's being done."
Messina said because of the work DHHR does, threats are not unheard of.