Authorities with the FBI have officially confirmed the identity of the Nashville bomber to be that of 63-year-old Anthony Warner.
“Based on the evidence that we got at this point, we’ve come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber,” U.S. Attorney Don Cochran revealed, going on to say that Warner died in the bombing.
The explosion, which took place on Christmas Day, left three individuals hospitalized with serious injuries and damaged 41 local businesses. The business that sustained the most damage was an AT&T facility that was located adjacent to the RV that exploded.
The bombing left parts of three states, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee, without residential phones and even 911 services.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Director David Rausch acknowledged the “collaborative effort” that took place to conduct the investigation and the “agents, analysts, and scientists that have been assisting in this investigation from the start.”
Rausch said Warner’s identity was confirmed based on DNA testing conducted from human remains found at the crime scene and a sample taken from a vehicle used by Warner. “At approximately midnight Central Time, forensic scientists with TBI confirmed a match of the DNA at both locations belonging to the person of interest in this case,” Rausch said. “TBI continues to support this ongoing investigation.”
Special Agent Doug Korneski added that the bureau was still following leads but reaffirmed that it has found no evidence that any other individuals participated in the planning or execution of the attack.
“We’re still following leads right now,” the special agent said. “There is no indication that any other persons were involved. We reviewed hours of security video surrounding the recreational vehicle as well. We saw no other people involved around that vehicle.”
Korneski went on to reveal that the FBI was able to recover a vehicle identification number that helped to trace the ownership of the RV back to Warner. They also managed to get some DNA from a family member of Warner’s which is what enabled them to confirm a match so quickly.
As far as motivation for the bombing, things are still unclear, though it seems that Warner did suffer some sort of paranoia involving 5G technology being able to spy on people.