CHICAGO – The unsolved investigation into the deaths of seven people who swallowed cyanide-laced Tylenol is returning to where it started more than 30 years ago, as a group of Illinois law enforcement agencies said Friday that the FBI will no longer lead the probe.
Police in Arlington Heights — where three of the victims died — announced in a news release that a task force made up of their department along with the Illinois State Police and police departments in Chicago, Elk Grove Village, Lombard, Schaumburg and Winfield will run the investigation.
The FBI will continue to "provide resources in areas of expertise as needed to support the investigation," according to the release, adding that task force will also work with prosecutors' offices in Cook County and DuPage County.
"The investigation is ongoing, and it continues to be active," said Arlington Heights Police Commander Mike Hernandez. He said the logistics about what each agency will do still has to be worked out.
Friday's announcement comes two days shy of the 31st anniversary of the day people who'd taken Extra Strength Tylenol started to die of cyanide poisoning.
In a space of three days beginning Sept. 29, 1982, seven people who took cyanide-laced Tylenol in Chicago and four suburbs died. That triggered a national scare that prompted an untold number of people to throw medicine away and stores nationwide to pull Tylenol from their shelves.
In recent years, the case has taken a number of twists. In 2009, federal agents searched the Boston-area home of James W.
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