A fifth UC Irvine employee discovered a letter with white powder Wednesday, breaking the pattern of female staff being targeted.
The latest letter went to a male associate professor of arts, culture and technology, campus officials said.
The previous four letters — two found both Monday and Tuesday — contained the message “Black Death” on a piece of paper along with an unidentified white powder inside the envelope, said university spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon. The envelope discovered Wednesday wasn’t opened, officials said.
FBI officials said the powder has been tested and is considered as harmless as a household item.
So far, four professors and one counselor have received the suspicious letters, campus officials said. Wednesday’s letter did not actually reach the professor it meant for, Lawhon said.