Anthony Quinn Warner has been identified as the Nashville bomber, said Don Cochran, US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, during a Sunday evening news conference.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber. He was present when the bomb went off and then he perished,” Cochran said.DNA taken from the scene was matched to Warner by forensic analysts, said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch.
Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake named Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, of Antioch, Tennessee, as a key person in the investigationinto the explosion of a recreational vehicle in Nashville early Christmas morning.
“That is a person of interest — still there could be several more,” Drake said.Authorities believe Warner’s remains were found at the blast site, according to several law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the investigation, who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity.
The FBI is waiting for results of DNA testing to confirm the identity. Investigators are gathering DNA from Warner’s family members and home, which they began searching Saturday, according to the sources.Authorities have gathered other evidence that leads them to believe Warner was driving the RV and died in the blast, those officials told CNN, although they did not provide specifics about what that evidence is.CNN has attempted to contact Warner’s family members but has not heard back.
Authorities continue to investigate the Christmas morning blast that dealt another blow to a city its mayor says has already had its “hardest year” yet.