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House Belonging to Accused Kidnapper Burns Down After Woman’s Disappearance

A Missouri house belonging to an accused kidnapper burned down on Monday night as authorities continue to investigate the disappearance of Cassidy Rainwater.

The building in question belonged to James Phelps, 58, who was recently arrested along with Timothy Norton, 56. Both men face first-degree kidnapping charges in connection with Rainwater’s case and are scheduled to appear before a judge on Tuesday.

Dallas County Sheriff Scott Rice told Springfield’s KYTV that the building, located near the town of Lebanon, Missouri, burned to the ground. The state fire marshal will aid in the investigation into the blaze. The Springfield Fire Department’s bomb squad was also at the scene, helping to detonate a suspicious device that was found there.

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