Missouri man charged with arson, public assisted in identifying suspect

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Trenton McCowan (mugshot from Vernon County Sheriff’s Office)

VERNON COUNTY, Mo. – An El Dorado Springs man is in jail for allegedly setting a vacant house on fire.

On April 19, 2020, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office along with rural Fire Departments responded to a report of a fire at a vacant residence on E. E Hwy in rural Milo, MO.

Authorities say the home was a total loss due to the fire. A camera on the property captured video of a suspect. Authorities then shared a photo of the suspect from that video, according to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher.

“The photo was put on our Facebook page and within minutes, we were able to get the suspect identified with the help of the public”, says Mosher. Vernon County Detectives began an investigation. They conducted multiple field interviews and received a search warrant to get the suspects historical location information from his cell phone carrier to gain evidence against the suspect.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Trenton McCowan, 29, of El Dorado Springs. On Monday morning, May 18, 2020, the Courts issued an arrest warrant charging McCowan with second degree arson.

That afternoon, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office found McCowan in El Dorado Springs and conducted surveillance while officers with the Police Department arrested him.

“I want to thank the El Dorado Springs Police Department for their quick response to take McCowan into custody as well as the public for assisting in identifying him. Without their help, it would have been much more challenging to close this case and bring justice for the victim”, says Mosher.

McCowan is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.