The problems for investigators were that they were awash in possible suspects -- some 28 suspects that lived in the same apartment complex could not be ruled out -- and for months authorities had no real evidence that a crime had been committed.
It was not until Weaver attacked another woman who was visiting his home that the FBI was able to obtain a warrant to search his property.
For the first time, FBI agents have revealed the challenges they faced in the investigation to the Portland Tribune's Jim Redden in his article, " FBI Ends Silence on Weaver Case" published Jan. 27, 2006. “The investigation will be with us forever. It is something we will never forget,” FBI Special Agent Len Opanashuk told Redden.