Barrie police Const. Angie Butler walks past a robot being used by members of Barrie Police Service's bomb disposal unit to neutralize a number of explosive devices discovered at a local home
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BARRIE, ON - Two cement bunkers containing explosives were discovered under a home the north end of the city after a 54-year-old man turned himself into police as part of a cold case investigation.
"We've never seen anything like this in Barrie before," Staff Sgt. Norm Meech said during a press conference Friday.
Police say they have found two cement bunkers behind the home, one measuring about 20x10, and about seven-feet high.
It contains both explosives as well as food and equipment to sustain people for a short amount of time.
Police said they have found wires and explosive devices, such as propane tanks and containers of gasoline, as well as at least five mechanisms that could explode.
A robot has been brought up from Toronto to assist the technicians in disabling the bomb-like appliances.
Residents of about 20 homes in the area were still waiting for word Friday to allowed back into their homes after police evacuated the area Thursday. Police warned Friday that people in the area of the home may hear "loud bangs" as police worked to stabilize the scene.
On Thursday, Donald Feldhoff, 54, turned himself into police, confessing to the killing of Michael Traynor in 1978.
Police also arrested Donald's 75-year-old father, William Feldhoff, in connection with Traynor's murder.
Donald has been charged with first-degree murder and William has been charged with accessory after the fact. They remain in custody, and will make a video appearance in court July 18.
Traynor, a plumber, was last seen around 3 a.m. Sept. 13, 1978, while at a bar with friends.
In an interview at the time, his wife, Bev, said she spoke to him that evening and he told her he was going to an end-of-season party for his baseball team.
His family reported him missing on Sept. 18.
A hunter found his decomposed body just north of Barrie with gunshot wounds to his chest. He had been shot twice with a .22 calibre weapon with his arms tied behind his body at the wrists and elbows with copper wire. Similar wire was tied around his ankles and knees.
Police said they advised Traynor's family of the development in the 34-year-old case as soon as they could.
"They were very pleased to see this come to a conclusion," Ontario Provincial Police Det.-Insp. Michael Graham said Friday.
Both of Traynor's parents have passed since his death in ‘78, and although police aren't sure of the whereabouts of his former wife, they did say they reached one of his six brothers.