Crimestoppers: Death Investigation of WWII Vet. Homer Turner - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson 09/06/08

Crimestoppers: Death Investigation of WWII Vet. Homer Turner

By David Kenney
david@wlbt.net

This week Crime Stoppers needs your help solving a mysterious arson case, connected to a murder.

Investigators believe they're closing in on those responsible, but they may need your help in making an arrest.

Find out how you could be paid for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

In the early morning hours of March 19, 2008, Jackson firefighters respond to a blaze at 824 North Farish Street. The old rooming house behind the store was no match for the searing flames.

"We got reports that there was someone in the house. They conducted a rescue and search and they were able to bring one body from the house," said Jackson Fire Department Arson Investigator, Greg Travis.

The fire fatality victim was identified as 88-year old Homer Turner, a World War II veteran. Investigators say he shared the home with several others.

"I came down here and the house was on fire and he was lying on the sidewalk," said George Turner, the victim's nephew.

Jackson fire investigators say the blaze was intentionally set. Several potential fire starters have been interviewed, none arrested. Whoever set the fire, will also be charged with murder.

Ten other fires set this spring and summer at abandoned buildings in the dungeon area could point to Turner's killer.

If you have any information on the death of Homer Turner, call crime stoppers at 355-tips, that's 355-8477. You could receive up to a $1,000 dollars for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

And remember, at crime stoppers, you always remain anonymous.

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