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ATF offers reward for information on Ark. bombing

ATF agent Stuart Lowrey (left) and West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert ATF agent Stuart Lowrey (left) and West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

WEST MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who planted the homemade explosive that critically injured the head of the Arkansas State Medical Board.

ATF agents held a news conference with reporters Wednesday to announce the reward. They said they have talked with Dr. Trent Pierce, 54, who continues to recover at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.

West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert said the reward total now comes to $50,000.

"With a fifty thousand dollar reward fund, we're hoping we will generate some phone calls that will come in with some new information," Paudert said.

Pierce was injured a month ago when the bomb exploded in the driveway of his West Memphis home. Police have named no suspects yet in the blast.

But, ATF agent Stuart Lowrey said investigators now know what type of explosive device it was and how it was detonated.  However, Lowrey would not make that information public, saying only that agents are still piecing together the entire puzzle.

"We've processed approximately 300 leads in this investigation, which we continue to investigate, and we've received a number of new leads already this week," he said.

The ATF is still in West Memphis, setting up a special task force for this case specifically.

Lowrey said investigators are banking on cracking the case.

"Plain and simply, because we need the public's help in solving the case," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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