After spending days searching a San Bernardino lake for clues into the deadly terror attack, the FBI announced that they have terminated the search on Sunday after turning up nothing in connection to the investigation. The investigators did recover some items but initially declined to comment on whether the items were related to the mass shooting that left 14 people dead but later confirmed that the items were not related to the attack. Authorities are trying to piece together details on why married couple Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook opened fire on the latter’s co-workers at a work-related event on December 2.
ABC News and other news organizations had reported that the divers at San Bernardino Lake were looking for a computer hard drive that belonged to the married couple, Farook, 28, and Malik, 29. Syed Farook, an American citizen, his wife, Tashfeen Malik, a Pakistani national here on a visa, killed 14 people when they opened fire on a luncheon for county employees at a social services facility on Dec. 2. Both were later killed by police. Farook and Malik are believed to have radicalized separately as early as 2010, before they met and married, NBC News learned Saturday.
On social media Malik had posted about her desire to be a part of violent jihad, which was only recently discovered by authorities, according to The New York Times. The FBI is investigating the mass shooting as an act of terrorism. Investigators began searching the lake about 3 miles away from the scene of the massacre after getting a tip that a hard drive that belonged to the couple might be submerged there, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly about the case. Investigators Saturday were also still monitoring Farook’s longtime friend and relative-through-marriage, Enrique Marquez, who bought the assault rifles used in the shooting and were purchased more than three years ago. Marquez has not been charged with a crime, and investigators say he has been cooperative.
Though it does not appear the hard drive was found in the lake, investigators have another means of gathering data from the drive: Internet service providers can retrieve months of records of Internet activity linked to the IP address associated with the killers, the law enforcement source said. Speaking in Paris on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry fielded a question about the visa-vetting process and whether the policies regarding it needed to be updated. Specifically, he was asked whether social media activity should be considered in the vetting process. As the investigation pressed on, funerals for three of the victims — Tin Nguyen, 31, and Isaac Amanios, 60, and Shannon Johnson, 45 — were held Saturday. Victim Yvette Velasco, 27, was laid to rest Friday.