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Boston official: Video footage shows bomb suspect

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A politician says investigators pouring over photos and videos from the Boston Marathon bombing have an image of a man dropping off a bag containing one of the bombs.

Earlier Wednesday, there was a flurry of conflicting reports, saying authorities had made an arrest or named a suspect. Those were apparently premature.

The FBI also scheduled a press conference Wednesday, which they later canceled. They're now circulating photos worldwide, trying to identify two possible suspects.

Pictures from the scene, many provided by people who attended Monday's race, are providing the FBI with its best clues.

Joel Hope's wife had finished the marathon. From their room in the Charles mark Hotel, he took cell phone videos of the crowded finish line area, about five minutes before the explosions.

Last night, he spent several hours going over those pictures with the FBI.

"I need to do my part to get those pictures in," Hope says. "Which I've done."

Sources tell Fox News the feds are looking for two men, called "persons of interest" who are seen in finish line photos carrying black bags before the blast.

Several media reports say the best pictures come from a Lord & Taylor store's surveillance camera, located between the two bombings, The FBI is circulating photos to law enforcement agencies worldwide, hoping to get an identification, while also running the images through sophisticated facial recognition software.

Joel Hope isn't sure whether those two men are from his video.

"We're seeing a silver haired guy with black backpack on, it looks very similar to what we saw them carrying out," Hope explains.

After the explosions, Hope headed for the hotel's roof, where he found what looked to be a smoking hub cap, filled with nails and ball bearings.

Fox News has now confirmed that Hope found what was actually the lid from one of those pressure cooker bombs. New FBI photos released Wednesday show batteries, nails and a circuit board from those pressure cooker bombs.

City Council President Stephen Murphy says officers are chasing leads that could take them to the man. He says developing that information within the first 48 hours of the probe is a major breakthrough.

If the bomber or bombers in this case used cell phones to communicate or trigger these devices, it's possible that records from nearby cell towers could help identify them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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