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FBI Takes Evidence from the Home of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Widow Katherine Russell

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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FBI agents scoured the Rhode Island home of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow, on Monday, leaving with several evidence bags, including DNA samples.

Katherine Russell has been staying at her parents' North Kingstown house, where FBI spokesman Jason Pack said agents searched on Monday as part of the investigation into the Boston Marathon attack.

"We are there as part of our ongoing investigation, but we aren't permitted to discuss specific aspects of our case," an FBI official said outside the house where Russell and her 3-year-old daughter are staying.

One of the bags taken from her home was reportedly marked “DNA samples.” Coincidentally, female DNA was found on a piece of a pressure cooker bomb that detonated at the marathon. If the DNA turns out to be Russell’s, however, it still does not mean she had anything to do with the attack.

After the agents left the house, Russell left with her attorneys through another door. She has not been named as a suspect in the case.

Russell, who claimed to be shocked by the bombing, has promised to cooperate with the investigation. She married 26-year-old Tamerlan three years ago and they lived together in Cambridge, Mass., with their daughter Zahara. As a home health aide, Russell worked up to 80 hours a week and presumably did not spend much time with her husband prior to the attack.

Her husband, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown, Mass. Her brother-in-law, 19-year-old Dzhokhar was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and is being held in a 10 by 10 foot cell at Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass., 40 miles west of Boston.

No one has claimed Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Terrel Harris. Cause of death was determined, but cannot be released until the body is claimed.

Sources: Fox News, NY Daily News, Boston Globe