Roadside pipe bomb remains a mystery

I was wondering of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department ever made an arrest or found out who left that pipe bomb along Pioneer Road last summer?

— Bob L., Medford

No arrests have been made, but if one ever is, Bob, this person will have a lot to answer for.

"We are still investigating that case," said Andrea Carlson, the spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

Oregon State Police and sheriff's deputies were called to the 4000 block of Pioneer Road southwest of Phoenix on Aug. 22.

A member of a jail inmate work crew was working along the road when he discovered the device, which about 4 inches in diameter and 8 inches in length, with a fuse attached.

Police closed about a quarter-mile stretch of the road for about two hours while bomb squad officials worked to isolate and defuse the device.

OSP bomb technicians detonated the bomb where it sat. No injuries were reported.

Manufacturing a destructive device is a felony and can carry a steep jail sentence, under Oregon law.

Police still are investigating the device to see if they can find any evidence leading them to potential suspects. Anyone with information about the pipe bomb is asked to call the sheriff's department at 541-774-6800.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to

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