ACCOMACK CO., Va. - Four new fires reported were reported by Tuesday morning in Accomack County, two confirmed to be arson.
That brings the total number of suspected arsons on the Eastern shore of Virginia close to 50, although Virginia State Police say, at this time, only 44 of those fires are connected to the string of arsons which started 3 months ago. We're told there are strong leads in this case, but police still need tips to help build a case against the individuals who they believe are responsible.
Since this is an ongoing investigation, few other details are being released, which is why it appears a number of "watch-dog groups" are becoming popular on social networking sites, with concerned residents finding and sharing their own information on the arsons. WMDT spoke with Becky Barcus, a former resident who has since moved to Florida, she says those sites keep her connected, "I really like the Facebook page. That keeps me and other people that have moved away, and want to keep in touch with the place they love so much, because we're updated as to what's going on and how's the investigation going."
While officials thank the public for being so diligent in tracking and reporting these fires, Sgt. Michelle Anaya warns residents to steer clear of crime scenes, and keep themselves out of harms way. "Unfortunately we can't monitor the public, as well and deal with each underlying issue. Unfortunately, if they're seen at a crime scene, they could be considered as one of the arsonists. We ask that the public help, but not interfere with the investigation. Don't go into the crime scene, we are doing our jobs," she tells WMDT.
Again, this is an ongoing investigation and officials say they are following every lead. If you have any information, contact Virginia State Police at 757-424-6820.