Fire at property involved in Cassidy Rainwater’s kidnapping case was arson


DALLAS COUNTY, Mo.- A Missouri State Fire Marshal report has classified the fire at the property where Cassidy Rainwater allegedly was kidnapped as arson.

According to the incident report, the incident is labeled as second-degree arson. The report also says around $40,000 was lost from the fire, and the classification is undetermined and criminal.

Cassidy Rainwater image with two accused kidnappers

The fire happened at the Moon Valley Road property on the evening of October 4. During the initial investigation, a Dallas County deputy found a device resembling a tripwire. That discovery led to the Springfield bomb squad investigating the incident.

On October 12, OzarksFirst obtained a report from the bomb squad stating that two incidenary devices were found at the scene. The bomb squad found the two incidenary devices made with mortar tubes, balloons, and coiled fuzes with a tripwire attached.

The Fire Marshal report also lists James Phelps as married. Phelps and Timothy Norton have been charged with kidnapping Rainwater after investigators learned of a photo of Rainwater trapped in a cage. The two men will appear in court again on Nov. 5.

Authorities said the 33-year-old woman was last seen in late July. Family reported her missing on Aug. 25.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office has released very few details on this case, including whether they’ve located Cassidy Rainwater.

The case has been charged with bizarre rumors, and last week, the sheriff spoke up, voicing frustration with social media gossip.

“This isn’t a TV series or movie where we go to commercial break and have lab results in 15 minutes. Searching a crime scene for 7 days 24 hours a day takes that long, 168 hours,” Sheriff Scott Rice said.

The sheriff did indicate that more information may be released soon; however, one week later, the agency has not released any updates.

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