July 16, 2020

Bomb threat case still open > Van Buren officials far from filing charges

VAN BUREN – Officials in Van Buren were no closer to making any arrests in the investigation of an Internet bomb threat aimed at a municipal building.

On Friday, several suspects were interviewed in connection with the incident, and a search warrant was executed for a private home in Van Buren. Police also acquired a court order to check Internet links from a private source.

Police are not identifying the home or the name of any suspects.

Sometime in the past month, the Van Buren Town Office received a computer message about a bomb threat. Municipal and school buildings were checked, and nothing was found.

At the same time, officials are investigating the theft reported Oct. 4 of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel from a farm shed in Grand Isle. The two elements could be used to make a bomb, and none of the stolen materials has been found.

No link has been discovered between the two incidents.

The investigation is headed by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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