Police return to Highland Estates neighborhood, looking for clues


Authorities returned Wednesday to the neighborhood where a man was questioned in connection to the Richmond Hill community explosion.

Agents walked around the Highland Estates neighborhood where Bob Leonard lives.

"They were just asking me questions (whether) any of the trailers were unlocked, maybe stuff was in there and that they'd be around all day throughout the day, checking," Whitney Essex said.

Essex lives next door to Bob Leonard off Rybolt Road. Essex was told detectives returned because of a tip.

"I guess somebody called and said that they had video of the house or the van being at his house, which that was not me," Essex said.

Bob Leonard is Mark Leonard's older brother. Mark Leonard and his girlfriend, Moncy Shirley, lived inside the Richmond Hill home that exploded more than a week ago. A white van was spotted in the neighborhood the day of the explosion.

"I didn't realize there could be anybody that's closely connected to that or anything like that," Paul Vollenweider said.

Vollenweider lives near Bob Leonard.

On Tuesday, authorities removed several items from Bob Leonard's home. A neighbor said authorities removed golf clubs and an artillery box.

Fox59 tried to speak with Bob Leonard on Wednesday, but he said to contact his attorney. Fox59 also tried to speak with Mark Leonard and Shirley on Tuesday, but they avoided Fox59's Russ McQuaid who asked them questions about the explosion.

"I just hope it all ends soon and they figure it all out. Hopefully, it's not him (Bob Leonard) and hopefully it had nothing really to do with him (Bob Leonard)," Essex said.

Authorities also questioned David Gill on Tuesday. Gill is Mark Leonard's longtime acquaintance. Bob Leonard and Gill were not arrested nor have they been charged.

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