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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

TV Host Got Kosovo Letter Before Slaying




LONDON -- BBC television host Jill Dando received an anonymous letter about the Kosovo war shortly before she was shot dead, British police said Friday as they published a picture of the murder inquiry's prime suspect.


Dando, 37, was shot in the head on the steps of her home in London's upscale Fulham section on Monday.


Police said Dando was sent a letter from a pro-Serbian source two weeks ago, shortly after she made a charity appeal for ethnic Albanian refugees driven from their homes by Serbian forces.


A police spokesman described the letter as "rambling and badly [written]," and said it did not include a death threat.


The letter was opened by an employee of Dando's agent who thought it was a crank message and threw it away.


Amid conflicting theories over the cause of her death, the murder inquiry was stepped up by police Friday. They published a picture of their main suspect and issued an appeal for witnesses.


The picture f based on evidence from witnesses interviewed so far f shows a white man in his mid to late 30s with dark brown or black hair. He was wearing a suit, possibly wore glasses and was carrying a mobile phone.


Asked to comment on the theory a Serb hit man was behind the murder, Detective Chief Inspector Hamish Campbell said: "Obviously this is one of the theories being put forward. ? But there is no intelligence that the matter relates to the Serbian or Kosovo crisis and we have to deal with intelligence facts. All options are open. "


The Guardian reported more death threats had been made against other senior BBC staff by a caller to a national newspaper who claimed Dando's killing and other threats were in revenge for NATO's recent bombing of Serbian state television in which 17 people were killed.


A man claiming to be a Serb telephoned the BBC on Tuesday to say he was behind Dando's death and also threatened BBC news chief Tony Hall, who is now under police guard.


The BBC has taken additional security measures at all four of its buildings in London in the wake of the threats.