Cops search for more chemicals in bomb house 0
Police were back on the scene of 30 Virgilwood Cr. in Barrie, Ont., as their investigation had them ripping out walls looking for more hidden chemicals. (J.T.MCVEIGH/QMI AGENCY)
BARRIE, Ont. — Police were back in a north end home that is the centre of a cold case investigation, tearing down a false wall in the basement where volatile chemicals may have been located.
Four homes were evacuated and the residents of three others were told to remain in their homes Friday while Ontario Provincial Police officers investigated the possible toxic matter inside the home of William Feldhoff, 75,
Police said they learned of the false wall and chemicals while interrogating Feldhoff.
Neighbour Joe Ouellette was not evacuated and watched the scene Friday.
“William told police there was stuff in the walls,” Ouellette said. “They’re in there right now ripping out the walls.”
Feldhoff’s son, Donald, 54, has been charged with first degree murder in the 1978 death of Michael Traynor, 26.
William has been charged with accessory after the fact.
Traynor’s body was found just north of Barrie, his wrists and ankles bound with copper wire. He had been shot twice in the chest.
On July 12, dozens of officers from the Barrie Police Service, OPP, RCMP and additional civilian chemical experts were called in to clear the basement of the home and bunker. During that time, 22 homes were evacuated for seven days.
During the investigation, police said they found 83 explosive devices, 29 firearms and a large quantity of noxious chemicals.
Police Chief Mark Neelin told reporters at a media conference Friday, he was disappointed to ask residents to leave or stay in their homes again. He said he hoped the clean-up would go quickly.
“I don’t want to push the officers to hurry up and finish. I’d rather people be mad at me for being truly inconvenienced than have a truly tragic situation,” Neelin said.