Suspect in murder and arson case captured after manhunt in Warren County

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Scottie M. Kincade

WARREN COUNTY, Ind. – A man wanted for murder and arson is in police custody.

Scottie M. Kincade, 33, Williamsport, was sought in connection with a fire that police believe he set in order to cover up a crime Tuesday afternoon at 5 Jackson Street in Williamsport.

Officers located Kincade Wednesday. He’ll go to jail after being checked out at the hospital.

The investigation began after firefighters found the body in the Williamsport home around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Someone had intentionally set the fire, according to Indiana State Police.

The victim has been identified as Heather Smith, 31. Police have not yet said how she died.

Neighbors said Smith was a loving mother.

“She was a very fun, outgoing person. Her life revolved around the kids. That’s all she did was take care of her kids,” one neighbor said.

The investigation led them to suspect Kincade, who fled after a state trooper tried to stop him on County Road 300. He crashed his SUV into a pickup truck and veered into a cornfield, ditching the car and running away.

Police searched for Kincade for four hours but couldn’t locate him after setting up a perimeter. Police had asked for the public’s help in locating him and cautioned residents not to approach him.

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