Investigators Asking for Public's Help in Aliso Viejo Explosion that Killed Spa Owner

November 27, 2018 - 7:35 am

(KNX 1070/AP) - Six months following a deadly explosion in Aliso Viejo that took the life of a spa owner, sheriff's and FBI investigators said on Tuesday they were continuing to look for a suspect and asked for the public's help.

An FBI agent says going through evidence is like "looking for something microscopic in a giant building, that was hit by a tornado." 

An ex-boyfriend, of the woman who was killed, was arrested but was not charged with causing the blast. 

A Southern California man arrested on suspicion of having explosives after a blast killed his ex-girlfriend at her day spa, has walked free after U.S. prosecutors said in May they had dropped the charge against him.

Stephen Beal was released from jail in May — a day after a judge approved prosecutors' request to drop a single charge of possessing an unregistered destructive device, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Beal, 59, was arrested during the investigation into the May 15 bombing that killed Ildiko Krajnyak in her Orange County spa, but he was never named as a suspect in the blast.

Krajnyak, 48, was killed and two female clients were seriously injured when she opened a box that erupted in a fiery explosion at the spa in the city of Aliso Viejo, about 50 miles (81 kilometers) south of Los Angeles, investigators said.