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Seeking a ‘Witness’

February 2, 1998
Hunt for Witness Leads to N.C. Counties

The Associated Press
FRANKLIN — Dozens of federal agents searched the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina on Saturday for a man they believed could help them locate the bomber of an abortion clinic. The man being sought, Eric Robert Rudolph, was wanted as a witness and not as a suspect in Thursday’s fatal bombing in Birmingham, Ala., U.S. Attorney Doug Jones said.

February 2, 1998
Not Much Known About Man Sought in Connection With Bombing

The Associated Press
ANDREWS, N.C. — A man wanted by federal authorities in connection with the bombing of an Alabama abortion clinic has ties to western North Carolina, but many residents here describe Eric Robert Rudolph as a mystery man. Federal authorities say a truck registered in Rudolph’s name was observed near the site of Thursday’s bombing at a clinic in Birmingham, Ala. The explosion killed an off-duty police officer and critically injured a nurse.

February 4, 1998
Senate Committee Delays Action on Abortion Restrictions

By Phillip Rawls / The Associated Press
MONTGOMERY — In the wake of the Birmingham abortion clinic bombing, a state Senate committee decided today to take more time before voting whether to place new restrictions on abortions. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony today on the bill proposed by its chairman, Sen. Roger Bedford, but did not vote.

February 5, 1998
Public Warned to Avoid Wanted N.C. Man

By Jay Reeves / The Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The FBI is warning people to stay away from a North Carolina man sought for questioning in a fatal abortion-clinic bombing, even though agents said Wednesday he is still not a suspect.

February 6, 1998
Mountain Man Cloaked in Mystery

By Craig Whitlock / The News Observer
MURPHY — Authorities scoured the western tip of North Carolina on Thursday for Eric Robert Rudolph, a Cherokee County man who is thought to be a key witness to a deadly abortion-clinic bombing last week. Four agents from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms seized items from three storage rooms that were rented to Rudolph at an outdoor storage center north of Murphy.

February 9, 1998
Pickup Truck Seen Near Bombing Found in N.C.

By Jay Reeves / The Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A pickup truck registered to a man sought as a witness in the nation’s first fatal abortion clinic bombing was found Sunday in the woods of western North Carolina.

February 10,1998
Agents Seize Pickup Truck Seen Near Clinic Bombing

The Associated Press
MURPHY — After being checked for booby traps, the pickup truck owned by a man sought as a witness in the fatal Alabama clinic bombing was towed out of a backwoods pasture Monday. The truck’s owner, Eric Robert Rudolph, was nowhere to be seen, but a witness possibly linking Rudolph to the anti-abortion movement came forward Monday.

February 11, 1998
N.C. Truck Owner Object of Manhunt

By Paul Nowell / The Associated Press
MURPHY — Edgy residents watched Tuesday as dozens of armed, flak-jacketed agents knocked on doors, walked fields with tracking dogs and drove the back roads looking for a witness in the Alabama clinic bombing. After Eric Robert Rudolph’s 1989 gray Nissan pickup was hauled out of a muddy pasture Monday and towed to Birmingham, Ala., the focus shifted to finding Rudolph. He was last seen the night after the Jan. 29 bombing, renting a video in Murphy.

February 13, 1998
Man Sought in Bombing Tied to N.C. Extremist Group

By Craig Whitlock / The News Observer
MURPHY — A civil-rights group says it has learned that Eric Robert Rudolph, who has eluded the FBI since an abortion clinic bombing last month, was a follower of a radical anti-government group based in Cherokee County.

February 14, 1998
Hunted Man May Not Be Alone

By Paul Nowell / The Associated Press
MURPHY — The man being sought as a material witness in the fatal bombing of an Alabama abortion clinic was seen eating at a fast-food restaurant with another man the next day. It was the first indication that Rudolph, the object of an intensive manhunt by federal agents in this remote, mountainous area, might not be traveling alone.

February 17, 1998
N.C. Mountains Great Hideout

By Paul Nowell / The Associated Press
MURPHY — If Eric Robert Rudolph, a suspect in an abortion clinic bombing, is hiding in the rugged, southwestern mountains of North Carolina, it comes as no surprise to local outdoorsmen. Federal law enforcement agents have been searching for Rudolph, a part-time carpenter and survivalist, for more than two weeks, but they have come up empty.

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