Elderly Man Found Dead In Crawl Space Surrounded By Explosives
A 92-year-old Colorado man’s body was discovered in the crawlspace of his Chaffee County home along with a large cache of homemade explosive devices.
According to 9 News, Edwin Bartheld’s body was found by a friend just before 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Bartheld’s friends told police he hadn’t been heard from for over a week. The man is believed to have been dead for several days.
[su_center_ad]At first Police believed Bartheld died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but after discovering explosives and chemicals used for manufacturing explosives, authorities determined that Bartheld likely died when one of his homemade devices unintentionally detonated.
An autopsy will be performed on Monday.
The Colorado Springs Regional Explosives Unit and two nearby HAZMAT teams secured the scene and removed and safely detonated the explosives.Once the house was declared safe, the man’s body was removed from the crawl space.
Police said they believe they know a motive for Bartheld’s actions, but no further details will be released until they are confirmed by investigators.
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