The FBI laboratory is trying to reconstruct a metal collar that tied a Pennsylvania pizza deliveryman to a bomb that killed him. The Erie Times-News says that the collar’s similarity to a clamp used by TV technicians to hold cables prompted a search yesterday near a tower where Brian Wells may have delivered his last pizzas.
Wells robbed a PNC bank branch last Thursday and was the killed when the bomb attached to his chest exploded. Wells, 46, said before he died that he was forced to rob the bank.
The newspaper said investigators are pursuing three possible scenarios: that Wells acted alone, that he was a willing participant with others, or that he was a “bomb hostage.”
The collar was unique and sophisticated, said FBI agent Bob Rudge. Investigators have already asked several manufacturers if the collar, which was clamped tightly around Wells’ neck and had a letter envelope-sized box at its base, had been made from materials that were familiar. The collar also had four locks and a dial-combination lock. “We do not believe it has any legitimate industrial use,” Rudge said. “Its likely purpose was specifically for attaching the device to the neck for (Wells).”