BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The FBI says the tipster who led federal agents to the California home of Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, recognized the couple from a recent campaign.

FBI spokesman Greg Comcowich says the tipster called the FBI after she saw the recent commercials on television that asks people, particularly women, to be on the lookout for Greig.

The commercial said that Greig had several plastic surgeries before going on the lam and was known to frequent beauty salons.

The 30-second ad ran this week in 14 television markets.

Related: How Whitey Bulger Hid

Comcowich said the FBI will not disclose the tipster’s identity nor confirm from where the tipster called.

According to a published report, a woman called from Iceland after seeing a story on CNN.

The 81-year-old Bulger, wanted for numerous crimes, including 19 murders, appeared in a Boston federal court on Friday.

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Comments (3)
  1. jaygee says:

    Rather confusing, to say the least. First we are told that the recent campaign in 14 television markets resulted in the tip to the FBI and this tells us that a woman in Iceland saw a report on CNN and called in the clue to their whereabouts. I suppose the question should be, how does a woman in Iceland know about the apartment in Santa Monica?

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