Police investigating possible arson, homicide after body found inside a home

DECATUR, Mich. — Sgt. Tedd Rigg said that when police arrived to the house fire on West Marys Street, they tried to enter the home but couldn’t. The smoke was too heavy and too dark.

“[We] made every effort to try and see if there was anyone inside the residence,” said Sgt. Rigg with the Decatur Police Department. “The black smoke really stopped me from getting into the residence.”

Once inside the residence, police said they made an immediate phone call to the Van Buren County Sheriffs Office. They found a body in the home.

“Based on the origin on how the fire started and the positioning of the body leads us to believe it was an arson to a homicide,” said Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Abbott.

Detectives identified the victim to be 31-year-old Jessica True (Wallace). It’s not been determined if the victim died during the fire or before it broke out. However they are actively looking for the suspects, they said. They're hoping the public will provide them with information to help find them.

“Anybody with any tips regarding this, that may have seen something this morning, please call our office immediately  so that we can run with that information,” said Sheriff Abbott.

Van Buren County Sheriff's Office (269) 657-3101

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