This was the statement put out by Akin's spokesman Steve Taylor:
"I can verify that the Capitol police are working with an outside law enforcement agency regarding threatening contact with our official office. The office of Congressman Akin has received threats of rape of his official staff, family and the Congressman himself along with suggestions that individuals should die."
No other details were immediately made public on where the threats had come from, or if anyone was under specific investigation. The story was first reported by a St. Louis television station, KMOV-TV.