Investigators Probe Suspected Arson Cases in Arkansas Town

May 1, 2013

State and federal investigators are looking into a string of fires that have destroyed homes in Johnny Cash’s hometown of Dyess, Ark.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that four vacant homes have burned since February in the Mississippi County town. Sheriff’s department investigator Robb Rounsavall says agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have visited Dyess, along with representatives from the state fire marshal’s office.

Rounsavall says investigators suspect arson, but they’re still working to gather evidence to prove that.

The first fire broke out at a home on Oak Street on Feb. 24. Deputy Deadrick Colley says witnesses reported seeing a red Ford Mustang speed away shortly before the house went up in flames.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department.

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