Mark Foley Back in Florida

By Vic Walter

Nov 16, 2006 8:55pm

Mark Foley has interrupted his stay at an Arizona rehabilitation facility to return to West Palm Beach, Fla., to attend private funeral services for his 85-year-old father, who had been ill with cancer. Foley also faces possible state criminal charges in Florida as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, ABC News has learned. "The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an active criminal investigation into incidents, which may have occurred in Florida with regards to inappropriate communications between Mr. Foley and former House pages," a spokesperson told ABC News today. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS DISCRETION ADVISED Read the Instant Messages That Forced Former Congressman Foley to Resign Republicans Held Damage Control Calls Before Foley Scandal Broke Click Here to Check Out the Brian Ross Investigates Webcast on Our Homepage The Florida state criminal investigation was initiated at the request of Governor Jeb Bush on Sept. 30, the day Foley resigned from Congress, following the revelation of sexually explicit e-mails between Foley and underage congressional pages. While state law enforcement agents have been assisting the FBI with the federal inquiry into Foley’s conduct, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting its own separate criminal investigation as well, a spokesperson confirmed to ABC News today. The Palm Beach Post newspaper first reported that Foley had returned to Florida on Wednesday to attend his father’s funeral.  WPTV, an NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, published a photo of Foley leaving the home of friends. Foley’s attorney David Roth did not return phone calls from reporters, but issued a statement requesting the media permit the family to grieve privately.

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