Door-to-door search for clinic bombing witness
February 9, 1998
Federal agents search a property in an area of the
state residents say a person could hide for years
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MURPHY, North Carolina (CNN) -- Federal agents were
conducting a house-to-house search in western North
Carolina on Monday for a man sought as a witness in last
month's deadly bombing of a women's clinic in Birmingham,
A pickup truck belonging to Eric Robert Rudolph, 31, was
located on Sunday, not far from Rudolph's last known address.
Agents said a federal magistrate in Asheville, North
Carolina, would be asked on Monday for a warrant allowing
investigators to seize and search the vehicle, which was
found by hunters in a wooded area outside of Murphy.
A muddy dirt road was the only access into the area.
Rudolph is not considered a suspect, agents have said, while
adding that they "urgently" need to talk to him about the
January 29 blast at the New Woman All Women Clinic, which
provides abortions and family planning services. The clinic
reopened one week after the blast.
The bomb killed Robert Sanderson, 35, a police officer
working as a security guard, and injured nurse Emily Lyons,
41. She remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Eric Robert Rudolph
About 100 agents armed with automatic weapons and wearing
camouflage and bulletproof vests were involved in Monday's
search around the site where Rudolph's truck was found. They
were being aided by U.S. Forest Service personnel and canine
The 1989 gray Nissan pickup truck was spotted about five
miles from Rudolph's last known residence, a mobile home in
the community of Marble.
Witnesses reported seeing the gray truck near the Birmingham
clinic around the time the bomb exploded in front of the
Investigators were able to tie the truck to Rudolph because a
witness took down the license plate number. A truck with that
tag number was registered in Rudolph's name.
Investigators said Rudolph is likely still in the area where
his truck was found. There is evidence he left his rented
trailer in haste, because the lights were on and the doors
A group calling itself the Army of God has claimed
responsibility for the bombing in letters mailed to news