TYLER, Texas (BP)–Federal authorities have released descriptions of three “individuals of interest” in nine confirmed church arsons across East Texas since Jan. 1. In all, 11 church fires have occurred in the region this year.
Composite sketches of three men were posted on the website of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) at http://www.atf.gov/press/releases/2010/02/021210-dal-arson-task-force-releases-sketches.html.
Federal investigators upped the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect to $25,000 from an earlier figure of $10,000.
The ATF is directing the multi-county investigation and is following up on a number of leads.
Anyone with information for investigators related to the church arsons is asked to call 903-675-0061 or 903-675-0062 or 1-888-ATF-FIRE.
Story compiled by staff of the Southern Baptist Texan (www.texanonline.net), newsjournal of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. With reporting by Bonnie Pritchett and Jerry Pierce of the Southern Baptist Texan.