A California hearth that killed two individuals final 12 months was deliberately set to cowl up a homicide, investigators revealed in a press briefing.
The Markley Fire was began in Northern California’s Solano County on August 18, 2020 close to the place police discovered the burned physique of 32-year-old lacking particular person Priscilla Castro.
Authorities had beforehand mentioned Castro was reported lacking after she went on a date with Victor Serriteno two days earlier than the fireplace. She was not seen once more.
“Based on an extensive, eight-month investigation, we believe Serriteno deliberately set the Markley Fire in an attempt to conceal his crime,” Tom Ferrara, the Solano County Sheriff, mentioned in a briefing Wednesday.
Serriteno, who was arrested in September and accused of killing Castro, now faces further fees of arson and the murders of each males — 82-year-old Douglas Mai and 64-year outdated Leon “James” Bone — who died of their houses because of the fireplace.
The Markley Fire later merged with a sequence of different fires to type the LNU Lightning Complex, one of many largest wildfires within the state’s historical past, in response to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The different fires had been believed to have been sparked after practically 11,000 lightning strikes hit the northern a part of the state because it endured a historic heatwave
Collectively, the fireplace complicated scorched over 363,000 acres throughout California’s famed wine nation and burned down nearly 1,500 constructions after forcing the evacuation of tens of hundreds of residents.
The huge inferno tore via the world north of San Francisco for 2 months and killed six individuals.
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