JPD pursuing all leads in bomb threat
by Ron Harris
Jul 07, 2013 | 4372 views | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper police are following up on all leads in an effort to catch the person responsible for a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of 76 patients and the staff at Walker Baptist Medical Center Friday morning.

“JPD investigators are continuing to follow a series of what we consider strong leads in regard to the bomb threats called in to 911 Friday morning,” Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said Saturday afternoon. “As a result, we have developed persons of interest and the investigation continues to to be very fluid.”

An anonymous call placed to Walker County E-911 just after 8:30 a.m. Friday indicated a bomb had been placed inside the Jasper hospital. A separate threat was made against an unknown overpass or bridge along Ala. Highway 69.

The threat forced WBMC officials to make the decision to evacuate all patients, including those in critical care units and the emergency room.

After an extensive search of the facility by police and bomb-sniffing dogs found nothing, patients were returned to their rooms just before noon.

Rowe said a coordinated effort between the JPD, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies is underway in order to catch the person responsible.

“Our agency is being assisted by several law enforcement agencies, including the Walker County Sheriff’s Office,” Rowe said. “As you can imagine, an investigation of this nature requires many resources and countless man-hours.”

Anyone with information about who may be responsible for the bomb threat is urged to call Jasper police at (205) 221-6790 or (205) 221-2121.