December 12, 1996 in Nation/World

Bombing Reward Nets Backpack Photo

Associated Press
 

A man who took pictures in Centennial Olympic Park hours before the fatal bombing says he gave the FBI one photograph of a spectator wearing a green military-style backpack, similar to the one that held the bomb.

Prompted by the agency’s request for tips on Monday, Ted Miltiades said he remembered snapping photos about 6-1/2 hours before a 40-pound pipe bomb exploded.

FBI agents had said a military-style knapsack carrying the pipe bomb was placed under a bench near a Greek statue commemorating the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympics.

Miltiades said he remember taking a picture of the statue “because I’m Greek.”

The photograph shows the back of a white man of medium height and shoulder-length brown hair wearing white or khaki shorts, a dark T-shirt and a baseball cap.

Miltiades was one of more than 1,000 people who called an FBI hot line on the first day it was set up. The agency is offering a $500,000 reward for information leading to the bomber.

FBI spokesman Jay Spadafore said the agency had no plans to release any photos.

The FBI also is seeking anyone who might recognize the deep, slow voice of the man who called police to warn of the bomb. A tape of the 911 call was released at Monday’s news conference.

The agency also created a Web page (www.fbi.gov/centbom/centbom.htm) with photos and illustrations of the bomb site and the backpack, a recording of the 911 call and the hot line number.

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