WASHINGTON -- When a bomb blew apart Pan Am #103 over Scotland, it was the deadliest terror
attack ever against U.S. civilians. At the Justice Department, a young
prosecutor, Robert Mueller, was tasked with leading the investigation.
"This is a case that needs further investigation, and … there are a number of people that we are still seeking," he says. "And hopefully we'll have sufficient evidence to charge in the future."
Investigators quickly determined an explosive device blew a hole in the side of the Boeing 747. Analysts from the CIA traced a tiny bomb fragment to Libya, then headed by strongman Moammar Qaddafi.
men were arrested, but only one was convicted. Mueller says others who helped
plan and carry out that attack are still at large.
Mueller says he believes the planning of the attack took "at least several months."
"It was well thought out, it was well planned and it was well executed," he says, adding there is no doubt in his mind it went to the highest levels of the Libyan government and that Qaddafi himself may have known about it.
went on to lead the FBI for twelve years, directing the investigation into the
9/11 attacks. But Pan Am 103 still haunts him. He recalls visiting a storage
facility that housed belongings of the victims.
Through the years, Mueller has joined families in honoring the victims. And on this anniversary, they will gather once more, mindful that 25 years later, justice has not been done for those lost at Lockerbie.