NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD on Friday renewed its call for help solving a five-year-old cold case.
A young man lost part of his leg in an explosion in a corner of Central Park in July 2016. His father spoke with CBS2’s Dave Carlin about the mystery.READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate For All New York City Municipal Workers, Including First Responders
“We just don’t see there being a significant progress,” said Kevin Golden.
Connor has since learned how to walk and run with his prosthetic, and he graduated university.
He was 18 when he visited an area of the park near Fifth Avenue and East 60th Street with friends. He jumped off a rock and onto a bag full of explosives.
“I’m surprised that that didn’t conjure up more interest or leads for the police,” Golden said.READ MORE: 1 Dead, Another Injured After Police Pursuit Ends In Crash In Holtsville
The NYPD renewed the call for help this week, reminding the public of the $40,000 reward for information.
Members of the Golden family said they were disappointed in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initial comments about the case and recent ones he made about firework safety.
“Mayor de Blasio made some statements… ‘Oh, let fireworks be done by the professionals.’ That’s what he chalked up this incident to five years ago. ‘Oh, fireworks mishap.’ It’s totally bogus,” Golden said.
Family members said Connor won’t comment publicly at this time.
“His mindset is look forward, not backwards,” his father said. “We’re so proud of him, how he got through it.”
Connor is a musician and marketing his invention called “Skym,” an app that turns smartphones into musical instrument digital interface devices.
Meantime, his family is keeping pressure on police to get justice and closure.MORE NEWS: Employee Stabbed To Death At East Harlem Deli
The mayor’s office has not responded to CBS2’s request for comment.