Indiana State Police arrest 2 after deadly house fire in Fowler


Duane Scott Muse (left) and Rhett Allen Martin (right)

Correction: A previous version of this story said the suspects had been charged with murder and arson. The suspects were arrested on those preliminary charges, but formal charges have not been filed yet. Our story has been updated to reflect this.

FOWLER, Ind. — Indiana State Police (ISP) arrested two men in connection with last week’s deadly fire in Fowler.

Around 7:50 a.m. on Friday, December 6, Fowler firefighters responded to a residence on the 100 block of North Polk St.

Authorites said the body of Daniel C. Riegle, 60, of Fowler, was found after the fire was extinguished.

scene photo provided by Indiana State Police

Fowler police asked for the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and Indiana State Police crime scene investigators and detectives to assist with the investigation.

ISP said two men from the Fowler area were arrested Wednesday in connection with the fire.

Duane Scott Muse, 42 and Rhett Allen Martin, 43 were booked into the Benton County Jail on preliminary charges of murder and arson.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities said trooper detectives out of the Indiana State Police Post in Lafayette, Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office, Fowler Police Department, Benton County Coroner’s Office and the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office have worked diligently over the last week to make the arrests.

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