DALLAS COUNTY, Mo. (TCD) -- The home of one of Cassidy Rainwater’s alleged kidnappers was reportedly engulfed in flames Monday night after the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department uncovered more evidence.
On Sept. 16, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office investigators received a search warrant for James Phelps' cell phone and reportedly discovered photos of Rainwater partially nude in a cage on his property. Timothy Norton was later questioned by authorities before admitting that he helped Phelps restrain Rainwater. Phelps and Norton were arrested and charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting injury, and terrorizing.
As first responders fought the flames, a Dallas County deputy discovered a tripwire-like tool, KOLR reports. The Springfield bomb squad reportedly arrived at the scene to investigate further and detonated an explosive device near the fire. Further information has not been released at this time.
According to KOLR, Phelps and Norton appeared in court via video conference from the Dallas County Jail Tuesday. Officials have not announced whether Rainwater has been found.