Police continue investigation into suspicious packages found in downtown Birmingham; transient woman sought for questioning

Birmingham police investigated two suspicious packages found at two businesses in downtown Birmingham, Monday, January 13, 2014. (

Authorities continue to investigate a series of suspicious packages found in the last 24 hours at three businesses in downtown Birmingham.

The first incident occurred after an envelope was found Sunday at the entrance of the BBVA Compass Building. Another envelope was found Monday morning at the Massey Building on 4th Avenue North between Richard Arrington Boulevard and 20th Street, prompting police to shut down area streets while a bomb team worked to safely identify and recover the package.

Both envelopes, which were later found not to be a danger to the public, were addressed to Vera Quarles, who police believe is a transient in her mid-40s. She is wanted by police for questioning, though, she is not considered a suspect in the case.

Click image to enlarge. Birmingham police need help locating this woman, Vera Quarles, who is believed to be a transient in her mid-40s. Two suspicious envelopes were found addressed to Quarles in downtown Birmingham.

A third suspicious package was located late Monday morning at a bank on 4th Avenue N. and Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to please contact the Birmingham Police Department or call 911. You can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

ABC 33/40 will continue to follow this story and provide updates as more information is made available.