FBI, ‘in full cooperation with Moore County,’ is seeking cell phone information

Kaitlin McKeown/kmckeown@newsobserver.com

Investigators are seeking cell phone data as part of their search for whoever fired upon a pair of Duke Energy substations in Moore County, leaving the county without power for days.

“We are in a fully joint investigation with Moore County. Investigators have filed search warrants for cell phone data,” Shelley Lynch, an FBI spokeswoman, wrote in an email.

She did not say if the “data” being sought was call logs or location histories that may be kept by Google Maps or Apple Maps.

Moore County Sheriff’s Office investigators also indicated that they were seeking multiple search warrants in the case, but it was not immediately clear if a judge had approved them or if the warrants had been executed.

No search warrants had been returned in the case as of late Friday morning, a Moore County Clerk of Superior Court employee told a reporter visiting the courthouse.

Students in Moore County were able to attend school Friday for the first time all week. It was the latest sign that life was returning to normal after the days-long power outage came to an end on Wednesday.

Most emergency measures lifted Thursday, with shelters closing and emergency meal services wrapping up. Duke Energy finished its restoration efforts Wednesday evening.

This is a developing story and will be updated.