At around 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 30, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a utility service worker who reported a house fire in the 3700 block of East Clark’s Chapel Road. Deputies and rural fire arrived to find a house fully engulfed in flames.
According to SCSO Captain Philip Pevehouse, a deputy made a cursory search around the house on fire and found two burned bodies outside of the home.
Crime scene personnel as well as arson investigators from FSFD took over the crime scene. Interviews with neighbors and family members revealed a white Chevy pickup truck was missing from the residence. A BOLO was put out to area law enforcement about the vehicle.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. the truck was pulled over by law enforcement in Booneville. Inside the vehicle was a white male subject. Investigators went to Booneville and brought the subject to FSSO for an interview. That interview remains ongoing at this time.
The truck was seized and will be processed for evidence. Further information developed out of Logan County in reference to the fire and suspicious death of the two individuals. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Pevehouse stated that “there is a possibility of more suspects being identified and arrested.”
At 9:19 p.m. Pevehouse confirmed that Johnathon C. Massey, 19, of Paris had been arrested in relation to this investigation. He is being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center. Massey has been charged with theft of property in relation to the missing vehicle. He has no bond.
The remains of the two individuals are being sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab in Little Rock for autopsy. The identities of the two individuals are being withheld at this time until notification can be made to next of kin.
Pevehouse stated that he expects more charges to be filed tomorrow.