SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The FBI is putting out a call to all steely-eyed citizens to help them solve the mystery of 18 missing minutes for San Bernardino’s deadly married couple, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.
Not since President Nixon’s secretary Rosemary Woods may, or may not, have accidentally erased 18-and-a-half minutes of White House tapes has there been this much interest in a timeline gap.
The FBI says Farook arrived at the Inland Regional Center at 8:47 a.m. on Dec. 2, and stayed until 10:37 a.m. when he left behind a book bag containing pipe bombs.
Farook and Malik showed up nineteen minutes later, at 10:56 a.m. They killed 14 people and wounded 22 others.
At 11:45 a.m. they stopped at a small lake searched by the FBI.
They drove around after they left the lake, going dark at 12:59 p.m. for 18 minutes.
Police spotted them at 2:52 p.m., and they died a few minutes later in a shootout.
The FBI doesn’t know why they drove back and forth, mostly on the interstates. And it’s that 18 minutes the pair went dark that’s really bugging them.
That’s why they’re reaching out to anyone who may have seen them.
Meantime, Enrique Marquez, Farook’s friend and neighbor, pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him, including helping Farook plot two earlier attacks, and for buying some of the weapons used in the first isis-related terror attack on US soil.