Bomb-making materials found in US suspect’s car

Investigators found bomb-making materials and pants that appeared to have blood on them in the car of a convict suspected of killing Colorado’s prisons chief, according to documents made public Tuesday.

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Published: Wed 27 Mar 2013, 10:36 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:12 PM

Investigators haven’t released a motive or commented on the man’s ties to a white supremacist prison gang.

Authorities also found maps, handwritten directions and documents from the Department of Corrections in Evan Spencer Ebel’s black Cadillac. Also found were a Domino’s Pizza worker’s shirt and visor, and a pizza carrier bag along with zip ties and duct tape.

Ebel was killed in a shootout with Texas authorities last week after a high-speed chase.

Authorities in Decatur, where Ebel’s car crashed before the shootout, sent the items they found to Colorado agencies investigating the death of corrections chief Tom Clements and the slaying of a pizza deliveryman whose body was found two days before Clements was killed.

Also in the car were black powder, a surveillance system, a digital voice recorder, and handwritten documents and letters, according to the documents.

A week after Clements died after opening his front door, investigators were still trying to determine Ebel’s role in the slayings and whether others were involved. El Paso County authorities said they were able to match the gun Ebel used in the Texas shootout to the one used in Clements’ slaying through microscopic marks left on the shell casings.

Authorities in Denver have said they’re confident that Ebel is linked to the slaying of pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon, 28, a married father of two.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Leon’s slaying was to procure a pizza box and Domino’s Pizza uniform to help persuade Clements to open his front door, El Paso County authorities said.

Evan Ebel’s time in prison included solitary confinement, which his father testified to lawmakers two years ago was destroying his son’s psyche. While in prison, Ebel was a member of the 211 Crew, a white supremacist prison gang in Colorado, according to law enforcement officials.

In Texas, authorities were trying to find out why Ebel was there and where he was going. After discovering bomb-making materials in his car, a Wise County detective was assigned to help the Texas Rangers investigating the case, Benton said.

‘Everybody wants to know where he was headed to and why,’ he said.

A deputy in nearby Montague County who was shot by Ebel during a traffic stop before the March 21 chase was released from the hospital Tuesday and moved to a rehabilitation facility to recover from a severe concussion.

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