An earlier Monday morning fire of a camper trailer located at 1651 Arkansas Highway 56 in Calico Rock claimed the life of the occupant identified as forty nine year old Ton Van Phuong. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said an investigation by his department and the Arkansas State Police determined that the victim purposely set the camper and a nearby vending truck on fire. Sheriff Lawrence said it was likely that Phuong intended to burn a nearby house as well. Some of the victim’s personal belongings along with a suicide note were found in bucket across the street at neighbor’s house.
News Release, For Immediate Release, August 20, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203