Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, and Steve Schmoldt, 61, have been neighbors since 1995. They are residents of Antioch, Tennessee, United States.
Schmoldt told The Tennessean that he never saw anyone come in and out of Warner’s house. The former described the latter as “kind of low key” and “a little odd.”
“(I) never saw him go anywhere,” Schmoldt said of Warner. “As far as we knew, he was kind of a computer geek that worked at home.”
Warner is an electronics and alarm systems expert. For several years, he did information technology work for Nashville real estate agent Steve Fridrich.
“(Warner was a) nice guy,” Fridrich told WSMV. “You know, he was a techie guy. (I) don’t mean anything negative about that. He would do this thing and leave.”
“He didn’t bother anybody,” Fridrich said of Warner. “He did his thing and leave.”
In the early morning of December 25, 2020, an old, white recreational vehicle was parked outside the AT&T transmission building on Second Avenue North in Nashville. Coming from the vehicle was a recorded female voice warning people that a bomb was going to detonate within 15 minutes.
The recording suddenly stopped. The 1964 hit “Downtown” by Petula Clark started playing then the bomb went off.
One building and at least 41 businesses were affected by the massive explosion. AT&T wireless and internet service in Nashville was also disrupted.
One police officer was knocked down. Three civilians were injured.
The explosion is still a mystery. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were able to identify a person of interest, a Nashville resident known to have a white RV parked at his house, and to Schmoldt’s surprise, it was his longtime neighbor.
At around 11:00 a.m. on December 26, 2020, FBI and ATF agents went to Warner’s house on in Antioch. At around 2:30 p.m., they cleared the house and confirmed that no one was inside.
Warner is still nowhere to be found. Making things even more puzzling is the fact that he gave that house in Antioch to Michelle Louise Swing, 29, of Los Angeles, California, USA via a quit claim for $0 on November 25, 2020.
Civilians started searching for details about Warner. One of the details they found out was that his late father Charles Bernard “Popeye” Warner worked for the telecommunications company BellSouth before his death on July 5, 2011.
BellSouth is based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It merged into AT&T in 2006.