Nearly a year after a explosion in New York City’s Central Park seriously injured a tourist, the occurrence persists unsolved, thrusting researchers to look for new leads.
Investigators made a public request on Wednesday, pushing beings was put forward with any photographs and videos leading up to last year’s July Fourth weekend.
“Right now, we are still missing a lot of answers. We necessary a lot of information so we are reaching out to the public, ” NYPD Det. Chief Robert Boyce said at a news conference.
Connor Golden was seeing Central Park from Virginia on Fourth of July weekend last year where reference is stepped on a clear plastic bag full of readily accessible — and explosive compounds. He was clambering down from the stone near the southeast acces of the park when the homemade bomb went off.
Golden’s leg was amputated below the knee.
NYPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have reviewed thousands of hours of video and reviewed about 20 tips from the public to pinpoint the culprit, but with no fluke. Boyce said they need more to crack the case.
“Specifically, we are calling out guests in Central Park to come forward with videos and photos of the rock constitution, ” Special agent of the ATF Ashan Benedict said.
“We need the public’s help by providing us with photos and video taken at the site of the explosion in the working day and weeks prior to July 3, 2016. Any person who may have any other information regarding the explosion is strongly encouraged to contact ATF or the NYPD, ” Benedict included.
A reward up to $ 40,000 is also being offered to anyone with information that leads to an seize.
Boyce said the explosive was targeted several days before the accident, but it is still unclear why.
Investigators said they are looking for a “person with some sort of chemistry background” because of the direction the bomb was fabricated. The textiles expended were tested and plied some produces, but has already been become a dead end.
Investigators conceive the incident was not terror-related on the basis of the evidence they have, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said. Same compounds used in the homemade bomb have been used in terrorist attacks abroad.
“We’ve insured compounds like this used by terrorists, ” Miller said, but continued by quoting examples of situations that were not terror-related.
Miller added that the explosive handbag was situated 50 paws from the main road on one of the busiest weekends in Central Park and New York City.
Initially, city officials said the explosion was caused by a homemade firework start out during Fourth of July weekend, but the lack of fuse or design indicated otherwise.