Several wood fires are under investigation by Ashley County Sheriff’s Office as possible arson cases.
Mark Griever, an ACSO investigator, said the fires are currently being investigated by the sheriff’s department, Arkansas Agriculture Department Enforcement Division, and the Crossett Fire Department fire marshal.
“This investigation originated in 2017, with an arrest of a John Bowers out of Morehouse Parish,” Griever said. Bowers was convicted of several arsons there.
“Several fires were linked to Mr. Bowers who is currently incarcerated in the Louisiana Department of Corrections, awaiting extradition to Arkansas,” Griever said. He added that, according to the original investigation, not all fires could be linked to Bowers and investigators believed another individual was responsible for several of the arson fires in Ashley County.
“It was determined in the Bowers investigation that an unknown actor was also setting fires during the same time frame Mr. Bowers was charged with,” Griever said. “Subsequently, investigators believed another individual (not linked to Mr. Bowers) was responsible for several of the arson set fires in Ashley County.”
The investigators believe the same individual is responsible for the fires that were set in August of 2019 in the southern and western areas of Ashley County and the ones set last week near the Crossett airport.
The ACSO is asking that anyone with information contact one of the investigating agencies with information. Ashley County Sheriff’s Department may be reached at 870-853-2040.