Topsfield man under investigation for Boston bombing link

A Topsfield man is under investigation after police found materials that could be make into a pressure cooker bomb similar to those used in the Boston Marathon bombings in his bedroom. (File photo)
A Topsfield man is under investigation after police found materials in his bedroom that could be made into a pressure cooker bomb similar to those used in the Boston Marathon bombings.                                                                                                                    Credit: File photo

A Topsfield man is under investigation by police after materials that could be used to make a pressure cooker bomb similar to those used in the Boston bombings were discovered in his bedroom.

Police found a cache of weapons and bomb-making materials in Daniel Morley’s Topsfield home on June 9, Reuters reports. Now, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is looking into any possible connections between Morley and the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Topsfield police said they found in Morley’s bedroom closet a large, stainless steel pressure cooker; a black duffel bag; materials to make a shrapnel bomb, such as black powder, igniters and pieces of metal that included ball bearings; a large assault rifle; and a handgun, the affidavit shows.

Police also said they found a shoebox with the head of a decapitated bird, dismantled cell phones, flex cuff restraints, black gun powder and a burnt green stuffed animal that had been stabbed repeatedly, Reuters reports. Other items included a bucket with aluminum foil and steel containers with concealment cutouts.

Police added that Morley told his mother that his best friend had bragged about knowing terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He is accused of assaulting his mother and her boyfriend and making a threat to hijack an airplane or ship.

“It’s all been a big shock. I can’t really help you,” said Morley’s mother, Glenda Duckworth, when contacted by Reuters.

Morley is undergoing psychiatric evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.

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