Wyoming authorities search for a suspect believed to have set an abortion clinic on fire
Surveillance video from inside the Wellspring Health Access clinic shows the suspect, whose face is covered with a surgical mask most of the time, carrying a red gas canister. Police released the footage earlier this week.
When police responded to the business shortly after the suspect was caught on video, they found a broken window and saw a fire, according to the police news release.
Authorities believe the suspect is a white female and acted alone, according to the news release.
The Denver field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the suspect’s arrest, police said. Authorities are also working with the FBI, police said.
The clinic was set to open in mid-June, but the open date has now been pushed back for months.
“We’re still working with our contractors and insurance adjuster to determine the full extent and cost of the damages. At this point, we’re anticipating that the clinic opening will be delayed by around six months,” Julie Burkhart, president and founder of the Wellspring Health Access told CNN in a statement on Friday.
“Despite these setbacks, we are undeterred in our mission to give the people of Casper access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion care,” Burkhart added.
Casper, a city of nearly 60,000 residents, is in the central part of the state.
When it does open, the clinic is expected to become the only clinic offering both medication and surgical abortions in the state of Wyoming, according to Wellspring Health Access.
Currently, the sole abortion provider in the state, Women’s Health and Family Care in Jackson, Wyoming, only provides medication abortions for pregnancies under 10 weeks, the clinic said.
CNN’s Hannah Sarisohn, Elizabeth Wolfe and Paradise Afshar contributed to this report.
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