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Home burned in suspicious fire; resident ID’d

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The name of the person who resided at a home that burned in a suspicious fire on Friday, but who has not been located, has been released.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan Sunday identified the resident as Alan Mooney Sr.

Mooney’s home and an outbuilding located on Armstrong Road in the Statesville area were reported on fire about 1:30 p.m., Friday.

“Unidentifiable human remains” were discovered at the scene, Bryan said late Saturday afternoon.

“We’re working this as an arson,” Bryan said, adding there were “suspicious circumstances.”

“We are releasing the name of the person that resided at the home who we cannot locate,” he said, adding “we have recovered remains at the house.”

The sheriff said his department’s investigators are working along with the state Bomb and Arson, Middle Tennessee State University Anthropology Department and the State Medical Examiner to identify the human remains.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, along with Watertown and Lascassas Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire.

Authorities on Friday afternoon began searching for “a person of interest” who they wanted to talk to but who they were unable to locate. However, that person, identified as Alan Mooney Jr., son of the resident of the burned home in Statesville, was located in a vehicle sometime around midnight, or shortly thereafter, and fled on Highway 96 going into Rutherford County.

Bryan said spike strips were deployed on two occasions in Rutherford County, but the person did not stop.

“It was a low-speed pursuit,” Bryan said, since the tires on the vehicle had been punctured by the spike strips.

Officers from WCSD, Murfreesboro Police Department, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol were involved in the pursuit.

Bryan said Mooney Jr. struck another vehicle at an intersection in Murfreesboro where he was taken into custody and charged with Reckless Endangerment and Assault on an Officer. He is being held in the Rutherford County Jail under $90,000 bond.

Bryan noted that Mooney Jr. did not live at the residence where the fire occurred.

“We’ve been consulting with the District Attorney’s Office, and we’ll continue consulting. We’ll probably go before the grand jury in the next few weeks and go from there.”

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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