Investigators continue search for meth lab suspects

Police investigators remain on the hunt for two suspects wanted in connection with a methamphetamine lab explosion Saturday night at a Lebanon motel while rooms there remain quarantined.
Oct 16, 2013
(Jared Felkins • Lebanon Democrat) Crime scene tape and quarantine signs remain Wednesday after a meth lab explosion blew out a wall at the Traveller's Inn in Lebanon on Saturday night.

Police investigators remain on the hunt for two suspects wanted in connection with a methamphetamine lab explosion Saturday night at a Lebanon motel while rooms there remain quarantined.

Police crime scene tape and quarantine notices remained hung around room 272 Wednesday at the Traveller’s Inn behind O’Charley’s. Chief Scott Bowen said methamphetamine task force officer Chris Luna quarantined the two rooms on each side of where the explosion happened.

On Wednesday, the scene appeared to be untouched since Saturday night’s incident.

The active meth lab explosion blew out the door and wall of the motel room.

Bowen said the incident happened at about 7 p.m. and forced an evacuation of the motel while emergency personnel secured the scene due to the hazardous chemicals involved.

Lebanon officers specially trained to deal with hazardous chemicals and dressed in hazmat suits using breathing apparatus entered the room to determine whether anyone remained.

State Meth Task Force agents properly disposed of the meth lab and chemicals later Saturday night.

Bowen said witnesses told investigators two people quickly left the room immediately following the explosion. The witnesses said the two suspects were either dressed in all black or covered in residue from the explosion.

Bowen said Wednesday investigators continued to search for suspects in the case. The names of those staying in the room weren’t immediately available. 

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