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FBI reports no progress in Olympic park probe

Olympic Park Bombing

August 3, 1996
Web posted at: 11:50 p.m. EDT

ATLANTA (CNN) -- FBI investigators collected hair samples and fingerprints Saturday from Richard Jewell, the security guard being questioned in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.

Agents also sought to tape record Jewell's voice, but his lawyer refused. "I need to look at what they wanted to do and make sure they're allowed to do it," attorney Watson Bryant explained.

FBI agents and boxes

The materials will be compared with evidence gathered from a pay phone where a bomb threat was phoned in to 911 minutes before the fatal July 27 explosion.

Investigators would not comment on a report that the FBI has found no similarities between the voice of the man who called 911 with the bomb threat and an analysis of Jewell's voice.

Jewell has not been arrested or charged in connection with the bombing, and FBI agents say they also are looking at other suspects. The bomb killed one and injured 111 people when it exploded during an outdoor concert. A Turkish journalist rushing to the scene died of a heart attack.

First lawsuit filed

aftermath

A woman injured in the explosion has become the first person to file a lawsuit. Nancy Davis is seeking about $500,000 in damages. She accuses AT&T, operator of the pavilion where the bomb went off, and security officials of negligence.

Jewell, who alerted police to the bomb by pointing out the knapsack where it was hidden, also is named as a defendant. The claim refers only to his alleged negligence for not ensuring visitors' safety. It does not mention Jewell's possible connection to the bombing.

Davis was injured when shrapnel flew through the air and penetrated her head. Doctors performed surgery to remove the metal, and Davis has not fully recovered. Her attorney, Guerry Thornton Jr., said his client is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

The suit claims that officials, including AT&T's security contractor, Anthony Davis Associates, should have taken more precautions and evacuated the area more quickly when the bomb was reported.

Woman killed is mourned

Mayor Campbell

More than 800 friends and relatives mourned at a funeral service for 44-year-old Alice Hawthorne, who died in the blast. They packed the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta. Hawthorne's 14-year-old daughter, Fallon Stubbs, was injured.

Mayor Bill Campbell offered sympathy at the service.

"We feel responsible for this loss. You entrusted her to us," he said. "We do not know what to say to the family. Just know she will never be forgotten. She will always be with us."

Reuters contributed to this report.


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