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THE SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS IS OVER, BUT THE SEARCH FOR JOHN DOE 2 IS FAR FROM IT

In the blink of an eye, ATF agents found a piece of blown-away truck axle. In what seemed just moments later, Timothy McVeigh was in police custody. The first hours and days after the Oklahoma City bombing convinced many that justice would be swiftly done. Then real-life rhythms took over. Nearly three weeks after the blast, John Doe No. 2 is still at large, and the immensity of the task facing the feds has sunk in. "It's now down to basic investigation and luck," one official admitted. Said another federal lawman: "I think we may be a year putting this thing...

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