Much Unclear After Hours-Long FBI, Nat'l Guard Search

By Matt Lupoli |, Brett Martin |

Published 08/28 2014 09:34PM

Updated 08/29 2014 05:31AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police officers, FBI agents and National Guard officials spent most of Thursday investigating a hazardous material situation at a Springfield home, but the contents of what was seized and the details about an arrest made were still a mystery well into the night.

"Black cars, white trucks and pretty soon, men in little white suits," neighbor Ray described what he saw as detectives surrounded a home along the 2200-block of Booneville Avenue.

In the light of day, the stuff of nighttime television drama played out across the street from Ray's home.

"When I saw them coming in, I said, 'Should I be concerned for my house and my dog? And he kind of laughed and said, 'No, you're safe,'" Ray said about an exchange with an officer.

Officials in Hazmat suits carried plastic bags filled with unknown contents out of the home for hours. Ray said he asked one of the officers about the possibility of meth being cooked in the home.

"He says 'No, it was more serious than that,'" Ray said.

A man who lives in the home was taken into custody, officers say on unrelated charges.  He was out of jail later in the day.

KOLR10 is not identifying the man because he hasn't been formally charged with anything related to the search.

"This is an ongoing investigation. We'll provide more information as the investigation progresses," SPD Capt. Vance Holland said.

Neighbors we spoke with on- and off-camera say they didn't know him well.

"He'd been living there about five years," Ray said. "He didn't talk to neighbors."

KOLR10 asked the FBI for comment, their agents are not commenting on the case. The Springfield Police Department said they hope to provide more information in the coming days.

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