It has become a frustrating annual tradition for the parents of the man who survived a mysterious 2016 bombing in Central Park.
Each 4th of July weekend, Kevin and Carol Golden pleaded with the public for guidance on the violent explosion that afflicted their son’s leg five years ago.
“The audience moved, in so many ways,” Kevin Golden said. “We didn’t move. We still remember her. And we’re not done with this.”
Connor Golden, who survived the bombing, is now a musician and businessman. He is fully recovered and is walking on his prosthesis well so that he can balance on the slack line, the kind of tightrope he was planning to walk on the day he lost his limb.
“I’m totally back to who I was,” Connor told I-Team last month. “I stepped on a bomb and it was bad faith or violence somehow.”
Although Connor has come forward, preferring not to focus on the unsolved mystery of who planted the bomb, his parents admit that they are still deeply wounded and in need of closure.
Four years ago, an explosive device went off at one of New York City’s biggest tourist attractions. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, which injured a university student in a large part of his leg. Chris Glorioso reports.
The substance that exploded in the park was known as TAT-P, a compound used by terrorists in several European bombings.
Kevin Golden said, “The whole time I felt like this came from a very sinister place. Your average criminal doesn’t deal with TAT-P.”
So far, the best evidence in this case remains a yellow bakery bag in which the explosive powder was hidden. Police said they inquired of the current and former owners of La Unica Bakery in Union City, but neither of them were able to determine who had access to the bags – which were out of production at the time of the bombing.
While authorities still don’t know who or where the bomb that blew up a college student’s leg came from, a bag from a New Jersey bakery may be the best clue police have. I-Team’s Chris Glorioso reports.
The NYPD found no evidence that the bombing was linked to terrorism, but investigators say they are not ruling out anything.
There is a $40,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. If you have any information about who may have planted those explosives five years ago or if you were in the Central Park Zoo area on the day of the bombing, the NYPD wants to hear from you. The number is 1-800-577-TIPS.
Kevin Golden said, “This was a very unique situation. Someone knows this. We need their help.”