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Prince George's Killing, Apparently Planned, Opens Host of Mysteries
Powell signed her e-mail to friends and colleagues as "Kanika T. Powell, Special Security, 13-S448 JHU/APL."
Forrest said her daughter was a security specialist who would not talk about her work. Powell would occasionally leave town for a couple of days to pick up things for the lab, she said. "I would ask her where she was going, and she would say, 'Mom, you know I can't tell you that.' "
Powell did tell her mother about the strange men who came to her door. Forrest said her daughter installed a security system after the first man came to the door. She might have thought she was being set up for a scam after the first visit, Powell's mother said, but the second one made her feel targeted.
"She said, 'Why are these people bothering me, Ma?' " Forest said, recalling that her daughter wondered whether she had angered someone. "But she didn't seem scared."
Still, Powell sent e-mail warnings to colleagues and friends about the men who came to her door. "The most scariest thing that happened to me," she wrote. "Pass this along ladies . . . who knows who these guys are."
Kelly Easter, one of Powell's co-workers, said he last had lunch with her Aug. 26. "She was busy working on stuff, trying to get police involved. She was really messed up about the whole thing," he said. The man claiming to be an FBI agent had come to her door only a few days earlier. "She just had no idea who would do that."
Staff researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.