Authorities zero in on 2 suspects in car bombing

Erik Chappell's vehicle exploded into flames on East Elm Avenue. / Courtesy Monroe Evening News

No arrests have been made in the car bombing of a local attorney, but authorities are honing in on two men--one whose estranged spouse is respresented by the victim.

"The Chappell Family would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to our friends, family, co-workers, and the local community for their prayers and support. As horrific as the bomb and its immediate aftermath were, we continue to be uplifted by the support we have received." Erik Chappell wrote in a statement posted by the Monroe Evening News.

According to the newspaper, Monroe Police and federal agents said they're close to making a move in the case.

On Tuesday, Attorney Erik Chappell's car exploded with his two children inside. The newspaper reports that earlier in the day, Chappell was in Monroe County Court on a hearing about child support payments.

All three vitcims are expected to recover from their injuries. Those familiar with the case told the Evening News their lives were spared because the vehicle's sunroof was open.

"It is a testament that good will always overcomes evil. The boys are simply amazing! Their spirits are high and they continue to make progress with their recovery. The health care providers that have taken care of the boys since the incident have been nothing less than amazing." Chappell wrote.

The federal government is offering a $10,000 cash reward and urges anyone with information to call 1-800-ATF-BOMB (1-800-284-2662).

"Our community should be extremely proud of the health services that are available to us in tragic times. We would also like to thank the many law enforcement personnel who have diligently pursued this case to bring the perpetrators to justice." Chappell wrote.

Read more: Monroe Evening News