Authorities scour woods after suspected bomber spotted
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ANDREWS, North Carolina (CNN) -- Fugitive bombing suspect Eric Rudolph was sighted near the western North Carolina town of Andrews recently, and is probably still in the area, federal and local authorities said Tuesday.
Rudolph is wanted for a fatal bombing in January at a women's clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. Using bloodhounds, state police and agents from a federal task force have been scouring the woods around the town of Andrews searching for him.
Authorities said a man who lives in Nantahala, a community a few miles east of Andrews in Macon County, reported over the weekend that someone came to his door on Thursday, looking for food.
The man later realized his blue 1977 pickup truck and some food was missing. The description the man gave led authorities to conclude the person could have been Rudolph.
Compared to earlier descriptions of Rudolph, the witness described the person he saw as thinner with longer hair and a beard.
The truck was recovered at a National Forest Service campground near Andrews on Monday. Tests conducted on the vehicle make authorities "highly confident" Rudolph had been in the truck, said Doug Jones, the U.S. attorney in Birmingham.
"We've said all along that we had strong reason to believe that Eric Rudolph ... had not left this area," said task force leader Woody Enderson. "We still believe that."
The January 29 bombing of the New Woman All Women clinic, where abortions are performed, killed a police officer moonlighting as a security guard and severely injured a nurse.
Rudolph, 31, is a carpenter whose last known address was a trailer in Murphy, North Carolina, about 15 miles southwest of Andrews.
Since being named a suspect in the clinic bombing, Rudolph has evaded a nationwide search.
A $1 million reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest.
Rudolph also is wanted for questioning in connection with the fatal bombing at the Atlanta Olympics in July 1996, the February 1997 bombing of an Atlanta gay bar, and explosions outside an Atlanta abortion clinic.
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