Investigators have found a suspected fragment of human remains in close vicinity of the blast site in Nashville, Tennessee, according to police chief, but it’s not yet clear if the tissue might belong to a suspect or a victim.
Tissue was found at the blast site, but authorities have yet to confirm whether it belongs to human remains, Metropolitan Nashville Police chief John Drake said.
Earlier, law enforcement sources, who spoke with AP and CNN on condition of anonymity, said the remains were sent to the medical examiner’s office for analysis, but could not immediately say if and how they could be related to the explosion.
BREAKING: AP sources: Authorities have found human remains in the vicinity of the explosion in downtown Nashville. Find updates here: https://t.co/WZv5vkagOh
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 25, 2020
It is still unknown if anyone was inside the recreational vehicle that exploded early Christmas morning in downtown Nashville, causing a fire and damage to several buildings. In the aftermath of the blast, three people were taken to local hospitals, but none of them suffered any critical injuries – particularly because a chilling warning played through loudspeakers about an imminent explosion gave authorities enough time to evacuate the area.
Authorities have found what they believe to be human remains near the site of the Nashville explosion, two law enforcement officials familiar with the ongoing investigation tell @joshscampbell. The remains have been sent to the medical examiner’s office for analysis.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 25, 2020
The FBI has taken over the investigation, with the help of the ATF and local law enforcement officers, but while authorities announced the incident was clearly and “intentional act,” they so far stopped short of calling it terrorism.
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Metro Nashville Police released a photo of the suspect vehicle, seeking any information about the RV and its owner. Meanwhile famous local personalities pledged thousands of dollars for the information that’ll help the investigation, with the reward fund already topping $35,000.
BREAKING: This is the RV that exploded on 2nd Ave N this morning. It arrived on 2nd Ave at 1:22 a.m. Have you seen this vehicle in our area or do you have information about it? Please contact us via Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463 or online via https://t.co/dVGS7o0m4v. @ATFHQ pic.twitter.com/JNx9sDinAH
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 25, 2020
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