Police: Tests Show No Traces of Deadly Poison Inside Home

PATASKALA, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say no traces of the deadly poison ricin (REYE'-sen) were detected in testing of materials taken from the central Ohio home of a sexual assault suspect.

Authorities say a search of Stanley Elliott's house in Pataskala (puh-TAS'-kuh-luh) turned up potential explosive materials and castor beans, which can be used to produce ricin.

In a news release today, the Pataskala Police Department says lab tests performed by the Ohio Department of Health failed to find any ricin and there is no public health threat.

A grand jury has indicted the 44-year-old Elliott on charges of rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition. He remains in custody at the Licking County Jail.