The Washington State Patrol reported that everything is back to normal for the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry run after a bomb scare suspended service earlier today. Ferry service on the route has been running at its regularly scheduled times since 11 a.m.
At approximately 9 a.m. a man on the MV Cathlamet from Clinton left a backpack on the car deck of the 144-car ferry. Passengers overheard him making statements that left them fearful there was a bomb in the backpack.
Trooper Keith Leary said the suspect, a 32-year-old white, male from the Langley area, is being questioned by State Patrol at its Everett office in Silverlake. The man will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail following his interview with detectives.
“What he will be charged with and his name will be revealed in the probable cause documents,” Trooper Leary said.
“It will be interesting to see what his reasons are and why he chose to do what he did,” Leary added.
When the ferry MV Cathlamet arrived at the Mukilteo terminal after the scare, the State Patrol’s bomb squad examined and x-rayed the backpack and eventually determined there was no explosives in it, Leary said. Bomb detection dogs from the Washington State Patrol searched the ferry and terminals for any additional devices and found none.