Nashville Bomb Investigators Search Suspect's Home

Federal investigators are searching the residence of a "person of interest" following the Christmas Day explosion of a recreational vehicle in downtown Nashville.

Several senior federal law enforcement officials said Saturday afternoon they are working with the FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in searching the home of a person tied to the RV believed to have been used in the blast. Local and federal authorities said they were searching the residence under "court authorized activity," according to The Tennessean.

The investigation of the home is taking place in Antioch, in suburban Nashville.

"It's just going to take us some time," said FBI special agent in charge Douglas Korneski, the AP reported. "Our investigative team is turning over every stone" to understand the identity of the perpetrator and the motive.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report Saturday which said tissue samples found at the scene of the downtown explosion were determined to be human remains.

U.S Attorney Don Cochran, one of several law enforcement authorities who spoke at 2nd Avenue South and Korean Veterans Boulevard Saturday during a press conference, said it is still unclear if there is just one or several suspects involved in the blast. He noted that federal, state and local investigators are following up on more than 500 leads tied to the December 25 explosion on the nearly deserted downtown street.

Cochran described the incident as a "cowardly bombing on Christmas morning" and all law enforcement officials noted that they believe it was intentional.

At least 250 FBI agents, analysts and staff are working the case. Three injured people were injured as a result of the blast, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

Nashville Chief of Police John Drake said during the press conference that the city is "safe," but added that patience is needed for tenants of the 40 or so buildings affected by Friday blast. The city's mayor, John Cooper, has put a curfew in place in the downtown area until Sunday via an executive order which is intended to limit public access to the crime scene while investigators continue to scour the area.

Updated 5:20 PM ET, with additional information.

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FBI and first responders work on the scene after an explosion on December 25, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. According to initial reports, a vehicle exploded downtown in the early morning hours. THADDAEUS McAdams / Contributor/Getty Images