Nashville camper van blast suspect named by police

Nashville camper van blast suspect named by police
The powerful explosion damaged buildings and felled trees. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Police have named a suspect after DNA was collected at camper van blast scene in Nashville on Christmas Day.

Tennessee officials said the DNA matched that of Anthony Quinn Warner, 63.

The FBI said there was no indication of other suspects and that it was too early to suggest a motive.

The blast outside AT&T office disrupted communications systems in Tennessee and four other states.

Federal investigators said During a press conference on Sunday that they believed that Warner, who worked in IT and had extensive experience with electronics, was the sole individual responsible for the blast and had died at the site.

Investigators said the explosion was probably deliberate, and that it was Warner’s remains discovered at the scene.

Warner had until recently lived in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville, where police searched a home on Saturday, according to public records.

Local media report that his neighbours also reported seeing a camper van at the premises.

CBS News reported that a DNA sample had been collected from the suspect’s mother.

Douglas Korneski, FBI Special Agent in Charge, said officials had received about 500 tips relating to the explosion.

He said: “We’re still following leads but right now there is no indication that any other persons were involved.”

“We reviewed hours of security video surrounding the recreation vehicle which saw no other people involved,” he said.

Public records cited by US media show Warner had wide experience with alarm systems and electronics.

He was a long-time resident of Nashville and had worked as a freelance computer technician with an estate agency.

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