Medford police search for small convertible in bombing case

Medford police are looking for a black or dark-colored, two-door convertible sports car that was seen in the area close to the time a partially detonated propane-tank bomb damaged the Jackson County District Attorney's Office early Wednesday morning.

Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle driving southbound on King Street at a high rate of speed, Medford police Chief Tim George said at a press conference this morning. The make and model were not available, but George pointed to the smaller BMW Z3 as an example of what witnesses described.

"It doesn't mean it's that type. We're just looking for a small, newer-type sports car, black or dark and color with a convertible top," George said. "Not necessarily a suspect vehicle, but if it's not a suspect vehicle, it's certainly a witness vehicle we need to talk to."

Police plan to go door to door in the nearby neighborhood to see whether any neighbors have personal surveillance systems that may have captured something during the early-morning hours. George also encouraged those living in the area with such systems to contact Detective Bill Ford at 541-774-2236.

"It's certainly not uncommon now for people to have exterior video cameras on their residences, maybe on their garages," George said.

The blast from the homemade bomb destroyed several windows on the front end of the DA's offices at 715 W. 10th St. at about 4:38 a.m. Wednesday. The device, attached to a propane tank, did not detonate fully.

The joint investigation among Medford police, the FBI, Oregon State Police Bomb Squad, Jackson County Sheriff's Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives closed the DA's office and canceled some court hearings Wednesday. Employees are back in the offices today, with county employees doing some cleanup on the damaged building before the rest of the office is allowed back to work.

"I'm hopeful we'll be back in that building by this afternoon," District Attorney Beth Heckert said.

Medford police and other agencies believe the attack was a targeted one, possibly an act of domestic terrorism.

— Ryan Pfeil

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