Truman Veterans Hospital evacuated because of suspicious package

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | 2:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Truman Veterans Hospital was evacuated Wednesday morning after a suspicious package was found near its entrance.

The package was reported by staff members to the hospital's police service at about 10:15 a.m.

About 50 or 60 patients and staff were evacuated from the building, said Stephen Gaither, the hospital's public affairs officer.

At about 10:40 a.m., the police service determined the package wasn't dangerous and let everyone back inside.

"We have these procedures in place because we want to have a safe environment for veterans, visitors and employees," Gaither said. "Our staff is trained to be alert and vigilant."

The package is in the possession of the police service, which is still investigating the incident.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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