What began as a simple investigation of a “suspect vehicle” in a missing person’s case, turned into police responding to a car fire, then an arson investigation and finally a manhunt.
But the story doesn’t stop there. After apprehending the suspect in the arson case police still need help to locate missing woman who’s family car was burned.
The incident also turned into a social media circus with rumors abound and complaints by citizens that law enforcement was not updating the public.
When in fact law enforcement were continuing to learn new details as the incident unfolded.
Captain Chris Hawkins of the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office said that aspects of the case were unfolding quickly and personnel were tied up looking for the suspect vehicle.
After sifting through numerous reports from agencies, comments from law enforcement and bits and pieces from reputable social media sites this is what we have pieced together.