NEW INFORMATION: remains found in house explosion identified

By: Andrew Fefer, AP Email
By: Andrew Fefer, AP Email

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The person found dead after a town of Wausau home exploded is believed to be the owner.

According to a sheriff's department news release, investigators found who they believe to be 43-year-old Jesse Jehn beneath rubble Friday. It was a day after an explosion almost instantly leveled the one-story house.

Positive identification has not been established.

Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks says investigators found five explosive devices, including two in separate vehicles outside, one in a nearby storage building and one in a camper.

Detective Jim Armstrong says the devices were connected by timed fuses throughout the property. He says he believes the explosion was deliberate.

Armstrong says the motive isn't clear, but authorities have responded to the home previously.

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Marathon County sheriff's officials say human remains have been found in a home near Wausau that was destroyed by an explosion.

Sheriff's Lt. Ryan Weber said Friday investigators determined homemade bombs at the home were intentionally set. He says there were unexploded devices found in a vehicle and outbuilding on the property.

The home northeast of Wausau was destroyed by the explosion about 7 a.m. Thursday. In the hours after the explosion there was no word about the man who lived alone in the house. Neighbors in the rural subdivision were temporarily evacuated and returned to their home Thursday afternoon.

Explosive handlers removed the unexploded devices on the property before investigators began to search the collapsed one-story house.
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WEAU) --A detective with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department now says remains, which will have to be tested to determine if they are human, were found in the basement of a home that exploded Thursday morning northeast of Wausau. The sheriff's department says five devices were found chained together in the basement and were deliberately set. Detectives tell WSAW-TV the devices were set to go off in a chain-reaction style.

Search crews were back at the site of the explosion Friday. Marathon County Sheriff's deputies say large pieces of debris are being moved Friday morning and the basement still looks full. Investigators still have not determined a cause for the explosion. Homeowner Jesse Jehn, 43, has not yet been found. It is unknown whether Jehn was home at the time of the explosion.
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TOWN OF WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) --Investigators have found suspicious devices at the site of a home explosion where one man lived near Wausau.

Marathon County sheriff's officials say those devices have been "taken care of" and the scene is now safe. Investigators declined to elaborate on the devices.

Officials say the house exploded around 6:45 a.m. Thursday northeast of Wausau.

Investigators reportedly do not know if the homeowner was inside at the time of the explosion, but say they have not been able to locate him.

A bomb squad and a state fire marshal were called to the scene.
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TOWN OF WAUSAU, Wis. (WEAU) --Investigators are looking into what cause a reported house explosion near Wausau.

WSAW-TV reports that roads near the home in the Town of Wausau were blocked off after noon Thursday. There's no word yet on how long they'll remain that way. A neighbor says a friend who works for an area fire department suggested the neighbor leave her home, although there was no mandatory evacuation.

The Marathon-Oneida Bomb Squad responded to the home earlier. Investigators say they were called in to clear the scene and make sure there is no risk for another explosion. Once that happens, the State Fire Marshal and the Marathon County Sheriff's Department will work to figure out what caused the explosion. As of noon Thursday, investigators were not sure if anyone had been inside the home.
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TOWN OF WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) --Fire crews are battling a house fire in the Town of Wausau after reports of an explosion early Thursday morning.

Neighbors called 911 around 6:50 a.m. to report an apparent house explosion on the 8300 block of Pioneer Lane, off N. 85th Street, according to Marathon County Emergency Management Director Steve Hagman. The house was engulfed by the time fire crews arrived and has been declared a total loss.

One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, says he was folding laundry when his windows rattled. He says he called 911 after looking out the window and seeing the back of his neighbor's house was gone.

The man tells WSAW-TV the homeowner's car was at the house. Officials would not confirm whether anyone was in the house at the time of the explosion.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin once the fire is fully extinguished. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has been contacted.


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