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Reward for threatening letters upped to $5,000

Police, FBI still investigating source of threats to fireworks fest

JAFFREY — A $5,000 reward is now being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the August 2012 letters that threatened mass violence at the 23rd Annual Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the $1,000 reward offered since November 2012 by the festival’s partners has been upped by $4,000, according to a press release issued by Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt on Monday.

“The increase comes from a donor in the region that wishes to remain anonymous at this time,” Oswalt wrote in the press release.

Oswalt said by phone Monday that the $5,000 reward offer was finalized last week, after the Police Department was approached by an individual who wondered if the increase might benefit the investigation.

The FBI continues to investigate physical evidence in the case, including an original letter received by the Keene Sentinel, Oswalt said. He would not comment on whether or not police have any suspects in the case.

“There is no new suspect information available at this time,” Oswalt said.

In addition to the Keene Sentinel, the threatening letter was mailed to the Jaffrey Police Department and Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce. The anonymous writer blames town officials’ for the loss of his home and warns them that people would be injured and killed at the festival.

Earlier this month, festival organizers — Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, Atlas PyroVision Productions and Silver Ranch Airpark — announced the end of the Festival of Fireworks, citing increased public safety costs to protect future festivalgoers. Security costs alone were slated to increase by an additional $7,500 to $10,000 in 2013, up from $28,000 in 2010 and 2011, according to Oswalt.

Investigators encourage anyone with information relevant to the case to contact the Jaffrey Police Department at 532-7865 or by email at oswaltw@townofjaffrey.com.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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