UTRGV email: ‘Suspicious packages’ intercepted at Edinburg, Brownsville campuses

Updated at 6 p.m.

A pair of “suspicious packages” was sent to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday.

According to an email correspondence sent to students and staff, the university police department was alerted at approximately 11:45 a.m. to two suspicious packages being sent to the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses.

Campus police, working with local authorities, are investigating the incident.

It remains unclear if the packages, which never reached their destination, were addressed to any administration officials. But officials confirmed there were no threatening contents inside the packages.

“There was an incident and it’s still under investigation,” said UTRGV spokesperson Patrick Gonzales. “The best news is that it’s been all cleared. There was nothing in the packages that posed a threat.”

Brownsville Police Department Public Information Officer Melissa Gonzalez said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to the scene but no details have been shared regarding the actual contents. 

“The EOD team was called out there and they set up a perimeter there and they cleared out whatever (the incident was),” she said. “I don’t know what kind of item it was. It was something that was suspicious.”

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Dear Campus Community,

At approximately 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, the UTRGV Police Department was alerted that two suspicious packages had been sent to UTRGV — one to the Brownsville campus and one to the Edinburg campus.

UTRGV police were able to intercept and isolate the packages before they reached their destinations. After working with local law enforcement specialty units, it was determined that the contents of the packages posed no threat to the campus community. The matter remains under investigation.

The safety and security of the UTRGV campus community is our top priority. To report any suspicious activity, call the UTRGV Police Department at 956-882-4911.