State police were searching for 17-year-old William J. Larson Jr. of Clarksville who was spotted at the fire scene in Allegany County. Fire crews found at least two bodies after getting the flames under control. Investigators say they don't believe the fire was the cause of death.
CLARKSVILLE — State police have found the teenager wanted for questioning in connection with a suspicious house fire in Allegany County — at which two bodies were found in an apparent double homicide — and took him into custody.
State Police were responding Thursday to a report of the suspect allegedly spotted in forestland off Barber Road in Clarksville, with a large police response en route. The suspect was identified as William J. Larson, 17. Police said he was driving a stolen 2003 red Chevy Blazer.
At 12:45 a.m., Clarksville, Cuba and Friendship firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 8472 Courtney Hallow Road in the Town of Clarksville with a report of two people trapped inside. Scanner reports indicated two victims were extricated from the structure, followed by reports of a double homicide and multiple stab wounds to the victims.
State Police confirmed Thursday morning that the fire was contained and “at least two bodies were located in the residence.” State Police also said Larson did reside at the residence on Courtney Hallow Road. He was identified on the scene while the fire was being extinguished and left the location prior to State Police arriving.
A Code Red was issued by Allegany County 911 advising residents in the area to remain indoors as the suspect may be armed and dangerous. Several school districts in the area, including Bolivar-Richburg, Cuba-Rushford and Portville, cancelled school Thursday due to safety precautions.
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State police are asking for the public's help in locating a teenager wanted for questioning in connection with a suspicious house fire in Allegany County.
Troopers responded to the fire on Courtney Hollow Road in the town of Clarksville around 12:45 a.m. Thursday. Fire crews found at least two bodies after getting the flames under control. Investigators say they don't believe the fire was the cause of death.
According to state police, 17-year-old William J. Larson Jr. of Clarksville was spotted on scene while the fire was being extinguished and left the scene before investigators arrived. He is 5 foot 9 with brown hair and blue eyes.
Local police agencies are urging all neighbors in Clarksville and Cuba to shelter in place and not answer the door for anyone. Some local schools are closed for the day as well.
Troopers say they have started a criminal investigation but didn't elaborate on what they found at the home.
Anyone with information on the teen's whereabouts is asked to call the state police at (585) 344-6200.