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NEW DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT BOMB SUSPECT

New evidence emerged about bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh as funeral after funeral weighed on this stunned city and rescuers clawed through tons of debris to reach more bodies in the tomb of the federal building.

The only person charged so far in the bombing, McVeigh has refused to answer any questions about the worst domestic terrorist attack in U.S. history. The death toll rose to 87 Tuesday, and the White House said it could rise to more than 200.McVeigh remained stone-faced even when shown photographs of children maimed and killed in the blast, several news organizations reported.

But others had much to say about the suspect, suggesting he had links to anti-government paramilitary groups. And investigators said plastic barrels similar to those that might have held the chemicals used in the bomb were found at the home of a man held as a material witness.

Among the new details:

- A Florida militia leader, Bob Johansen, told The Associated Press on Monday thatMcVeigh visited that state 18 months ago with Mark Koernke, who broadcasts a militant radio show and distributes militia videotapes from Michigan.

McVeigh was one of several bodyguards for Koernke at a gathering of right-wing militias from across the country, members of the Florida State Militia said in Tuesday's Fort Pierce Tribune. Mc-Veigh "came down here because he heard the Branch Davidians, the people who survived Waco, would be here," said Kenny Kirkland, a militia spokesman.

Federal agents have said McVeigh was enraged by the government's attack on the Branch Davidian compound. More than 80 cult members died in the raid on April 19, 1993 - two years to the day before the Oklahoma City bombing.

- Koernke said his organization sent the cryptic fax the morning of the bombing that said in part, "Bomb threat received last week. Perpetrator unknown at this time. Oklahoma." The fax received at the office of Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, carried a time stamp that, if accurate, would indicate it was sent more than an hour before the bombing. But Koernke said it was sent after the bombing, and Stockman's office said its fax machine clock had not been reset for daylight-saving time. Koernke told reporters on Monday that he doesn't know McVeigh.

- A detention hearing was held Tuesday in Michigan for James Douglas Nichols, 41. He and his brother Terry, 40, both friends of McVeigh's, are being held as material witnesses. Terry Nichols was due in court Wednesday in Kansas. Investigators said blue plastic barrels were found at Terry Nichols' home in Kansas, possibly matching the plastic shreds found at the bomb scene, according to various reports Tuesday. The Washington Post quoted a source as saying: "They were finding pieces of blue plastic in victims. That's why they were so excited when we found the blue drums on Nichols's property."

Cranes worked on the rubble pile Tuesday, slowly picking through the heaviest of the concrete chunks, as rescuers inched closer to the collapsed first two floors of the federal building, where a day-care center and Social Security office were located.

"It's like trying to dismantle a mountain with a five-gallon bucket," Gov. Frank Keating told "CBS This Morning." "It's just lots of shifting, and it's a very tragic, very grim process."

Reporters, getting a first glimpse inside the building Monday, saw search dogs gingerly creeping forward and helmeted workers crawling into spaces braced with four-by-fours like a mine shaft.

Pool correspondent Roger O'Neil of NBC said other images particularly stayed with him, "from the determined look on the rescuers' faces . . . to the toys." His voice faltered describing a memorial wreath of fresh white mums laid amid the ruin.

While Weldon Kennedy, the agent leading the FBI's investigation, reported swift progress with a coast-to-coast probe, major pieces of the puzzle were still missing - among them the second of two men pictured in FBI sketches last week.

"John Doe 2 has not been identified and remains at large," Ken-nedy said.

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A list of those killed in the Oklahoma City bombing is available online. Search for document XLIST425.