Prosecutor: "We Believe We Are Making Progress"
Still No Arrests in South Side Explosion
Richmond Hill (wibc.com photo by Kyle Wells)
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry is remaining tight-lipped about the ongoing investigation into the South Side explosion. The Nov. 10 blast killed John "Dion" and Jennifer Longworth, destroyed three homes, and damaged more than 80 homes in the Richmond Hill neighborhood.
Prosecutor Curry told 93 WIBC Wednesday that investigators have served search warrants and interviewed people. But he said, despite some media reports Tuesday, no arrests have been made in explosion. Curry said people have been interviewed in connection with the case, but he could not confirm whether they were suspects.
Curry also said he could not confirm whether a the blast involved a manipulated pipe or detonation from outside the home at 8349 Fieldfare Way where the blast is believed. Curry said the attorney for the couple who lived in the home, Mark Leonard and Montserrat Shirley, has confirmed that they've been interviewed, but he cannot speak to their status in the investigation.
Curry said it's also too early to speculate on a timetable for the case. "The investigation is going on absolutely 24/7 going forward. And as long as we continue to develop good information, good evidence, we will keep going down this track,” Curry said. He also said too early to know what charges will be filed in the case. "Until we know exactly or have a good idea exactly what happened and who was involved, it would just be speculative at this point as to what the charges might be."
While the case is considered a homicide probe, Curry said homicide detectives are called in any time there are unusual circumstances surrounding death. He said arson investigators, the gas company, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have all ruled out accidental causes. He said that leads investigators to conclude that the blast was intentional.
Curry said "We believe we are making progress and we continue to follow every lead. And I guess in that regard again, would encourage anyone in the public who thinks they have pertinent information to contact the police."
ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. You can contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.
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