ATF agents return to St. Michaels to continue investigation of bombing


ST. MICHAELS -- Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have returned to St. Michaels as part of the continuing investigation into the bombing that injured a former resident of this Talbot County town.

Although authorities have more than 400 leads in the inquiry into the New Year's Day explosion in Opelika, Ala., that injured the Rev. Michael D. Schnatterly, no new ones have emerged and no arrest is imminent, said Special Agent in Charge Jim Cavanaugh of the Birmingham office. He would not say why agents returned to St. Michaels.

"We're still on the case actively," Cavanaugh said yesterday. "We have more questions than answers. It's frustrating." Schnatterly, now head of an Episcopal church in Opelika, was an assistant at St. Michaels Episcopal Church from 1989 to 1992.

Schnatterly was hurt when he picked up a U-Haul box from the trunk of his car and it exploded.

Last winter, ATF agents began investigating a possible connection between the bombing and a federally funded jobs program housed on the Chesapeake College campus.

Officials said that a piece of paper found at the Alabama bombing site bore a telephone number that might be linked to the jobs program.

Pub Date: 8/20/96

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