Suspicious Device Found on Grounds of New Mexico Church May Be Connected to Earlier Bombings

While waiting in a staging area, Holy Cross Catholic Church Pastor John Anderson tries to get in touch with other local churches to warn them of the two explosions that occurred and to be vigilant, Aug. 2, 2015, in Las Cruces, N.M. (PHOTO CREDIT: Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP Photo)
While waiting in a staging area, Holy Cross Catholic Church Pastor John Anderson tries to get in touch with other local churches to warn them of the two explosions that occurred and to be vigilant, Aug. 2, 2015, in Las Cruces, N.M. (PHOTO CREDIT: Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP Photo)

A suspicious device found today on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is believed to be connected to two pipe bombs which exploded earlier this month at two other nearby churches, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Police were called to the scene after the device was found by a groundskeeper, Las Cruces Police said in a statement. A local police bomb squad rendered the device safe.

The device, which sources say appears to be a pipe bomb, was found intact and investigators are looking into the possibility that it may have been placed around the same time as the Aug. 2 bombs, but failed to detonate for unknown reasons.

The device was outfitted with a timing mechanism similar to those found in the other bombings, sources tell ABC News.

Law enforcement sources say because the device was found in pristine condition, it may provide investigators with significant new clues in the case, with potential for fingerprints, fibers, hair or DNA.

Investigators were canvassing the area around the First Presbyterian Church in that they may find surveillance video or other clues in the case.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Jack Date

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