'We're asking the public to be vigilant'
An investigation into an explosion at a home that left one person dead and one person critically injured on Monday is continuing with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies involved.
Officials held a press conference Tuesday at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department where they released the names of the victims, but not much else in the way of information, emphasizing the ongoing nature of the case.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said Jon Setzer, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene. Marion Setzer, 72, was injured and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight helicopter. Bryan noted during the press conference that investigators had not been able to talk to her and that she remained in critical condition.
The incident occurred about 5 p.m., Monday, at 580 Vance Lane, off Hartsville Pike, about 2 miles outside the city limits of Lebanon. The call initially came in as a possible structure fire at 576 Vance Lane.
Bryan and other officials at the press conference asked for the public’s help in finding the person, or persons, responsible. If anyone has any information, call 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a reward of $8,000 available.
“We are in the preliminary stage of the investigation,” Bryan said.
While officials said they could not release many details, it is believed that a package of some kind was delivered to the home and picked up by one of the individuals. Officials would not confirm whether the package was sent through the U.S. Postal Service or delivered by a shipping company.
Bryan and others at the press conference, which included Mark Gwynn, director of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Jack Webb, assistant special agent in charge with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Dewey Woody, director of the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office; Kate Abernathy, with the Bomb and Arson Section in the State Fire Marshal’s Office; and Rich Campbell with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, noted that this was a collaborative effort among the agencies and urged anyone who believes they may information to call the TBI tip line.
“It’s important that we have help,” Gwynn said, urging the public to call “with information you believe relevant to this investigation.”
Bryan noted “We are directing our investigation to that residence and property.”
He said as a matter of precaution that anyone receiving a package they did not order or did not expect from someone else, should not open it, but instead contact local law enforcement.
“We are asking the public to be vigilant,” Gwynn said.
Webb said in describing the investigation where a bombing has occurred that agents follow patterns and certain protocols in determining the materials used in making the device, where it was when it exploded, where the victims were in relation to the explosion and the damage the bomb caused.
There were about 20 different agents on the scene on Tuesday, continuing the investigation. In addition, Bryan said other members of the Setzer’s family were being interviewed.
McClain Christian Academy’s main campus moved its classes to First Presbyterian Church on West Main Street in Lebanon on Tuesday to accommodate the large presence of investigators’ vehicles. The school is located near where the incident occurred. About 35 students were involved in the move to First Presbyterian.
MCA sent word late Tuesday afternoon that classes will return to the main campus on Vance Lane on Wednesday.
The Wilson Post had ongoing coverage of the explosion on its various media platforms beginning at around 5:30 p.m., Monday, shortly after the incident was reported. The Post will continue to provide updates on this story as more information becomes available.
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