A little noticed report from earlier this month outlines how police were led to hidden weapon in an obscure location along the Potomac River in Washington D.C., which prompted authorities to find a much larger weapons cache a short distance from the original find.
ABC News picked up a report by a local station on January 4th, which outlined how a hiker along the Potomac river came across a violin case that contained two firearms, a long gun and a handgun. This discovery eventually led police to find an additional cache of weapons a short distance away, containing more handguns and long guns, along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal near the Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove in Northwest D.C.
The location was lightly traveled and obscure, with the hiker who found them saying, “Nobody ever hikes on that side of the canal, people walk on the towpath.”
WASHINGTON — The discovery of a violin case containing two guns led police to uncover a cache of even more guns and ammunition along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal near the Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove in Northwest D.C.
U.S. Park Police and D.C. police Wednesday afternoon investigated the two areas where the weapons were found. Traffic on Canal Road near the boathouse had been stopped during the investigation but the road has reopened.
A woman walking along the canal late Wednesday morning saw some debris surrounding a violin case along the stone wall that lines the road, according to park police. When she opened the case, she found two guns inside, and she brought it to authorities near Fletcher’s boathouse.
About a quarter-mile north of that location, investigators found a second site with multiple weapons and ammunition surrounded by trash and other debris.
Park Police spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Rose said there were a variety of weapons recovered, including long guns and pistols. The weapons were in buckets and bags, Rose said, although she said she didn’t believe any of them were loaded.
“There’s no indication as to why these weapons were here, when they came to be here or the circumstances surrounding it — that part’s all under investigation,” Rose said.
Rose said there was no imminent threat to people walking nearby. But authorities decided to close the road out of an abundance of caution and to keep the area clear as investigators worked. Authorities reopened the road to traffic around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The D.C. police bomb squad also conducted a sweep of the area.
Police praised the woman who spotted the weapons.
“This woman saw something and she chose to come forward and say something, giving us the opportunity to make sure this area remains safe for everyone,” Rose said. “And as we approach the inauguration, I think that’s really important to highlight.”
Why were this weapons placed in several locations around D.C., and were they placed since Donald Trump won the election or before? Were they intended to be picked up by a specific person informed of the location of these firearms, or were they simply abandoned as part of a previous crime? These questions haven’t been answered as of yet, and aren’t likely to any time soon if ever.
This report was not widely circulated, but with Trump’s inauguration only days away and protest groups openly threatening violence, it’s important to follow up on any situation that could threaten the safety of those attending this historic event.