Former UM student cited for stealing toxic chemical from lab

University of Montana

University of Montana Police cited a former university chemistry student for stealing a vial of a deadly chemical compound from a school lab.

The vial of potassium cyanide went missing in early March. While officials pinpointed a suspect, they have not recovered the vial.

Potassium cyanide is described as a “highly toxic asphyxiant” that interferes with the body’s ability to use oxygen. It is used commercially in mining and fumigation.

Police first notified the public as a precautionary measure when they thought it might have been in a Missoula neighborhood around Orange Street and Hickory.

We’re told the suspect, a 23-year-old man, withdrew from the university and left the state.

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