Update 1pm Monday May 24, 2010
The Cabell County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who died when a bomb exploded early Saturday outside of a bar in Barboursville in a phone call today.
Sheriff Department spokesman confirmed previous eye-witness reports as to the identify of the deceased as Mark Jeffrey, 46, of the Barboursville area. Jeffrey's body was sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Kanawha County.
The family has yet to release any statement or funeral details.
One man has is dead after a bomb exploded outside a bar in Barboursville early Saturday morning.The explosion happened at about 2:30 a.m. outside Cactus Joe’s on Route U.S. 60, across from the Kroger's.
Emergency personnel detonated three other suspicious devices at about 4 a.m., 7:55 a.m. and about 8:20 a.m.
Dispatcher's at Cabell County 911 said the State Police Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit is on the scene investigating the incident and conducting a search of the area for any secondary devices or anything that looked suspicious.
Witnesses and bar patrons said that the man who has been barred numerous times had tried to come in the bar and was turned away. Later when customers were standing outside the back door smoking a man was seen who appeared to be as they say "Amish looking" with a beard and hat.. A few of the men approached him and had not recognized him but continued to watch his movements.
Witnesses said he attempted to light a cigarette as he approached and set his fake beard on fire which in turn exploded the pipe bomb he had hidden under his coat. Emergency personal responded and the disguised
man was identified as Jeffries, according to bar staff and patrons.
Customers last night said the alleged suspect blamed the bar for the breakup of his relationship. His ex-wife is a frequent customer of the bar and friends with everyone witnesses' said. They aren't sure what pushed him over the edge but something was definitely wrong for a man to disguise himself in such a way and attempt to detonate bombs in a suicide manner in this sleepy little town of Barboursville, West Virginia.
Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas in a public statement said that law enforcement personnel found other possible explosive devices in the area. The West Virginia State Police Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit detonated three devices to end any possible threat that the devices may have contained.
Sheriff McComas said he believes that individual brought the explosive devices to the area, but the investigation is in its infancy. Law enforcement personnel have interviewed several bar patrons as well as others, but are not releasing any other details at this time.
The Sheriff will be be releasing another statement today at a news conference to address concerns of terrorist activities as well as providing more information on the explosion that occurred.
Updated information will be provided on the Digital Journal as information is released.