Investigators have not ruled out arson as the cause of a Labor Day fire outside of Apex that killed a 75-year-old man, according to a search warrant made public Wednesday.
Neighbors told Wake sheriff’s deputies that they had not seen James S. Walters Sr. for three days before his split-level home was engulfed by an early morning fire, according to the warrant filed at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the house in the 8200 block of Newcomb Street, southeast of Apex, just after 3 a.m. after firefighters found a body inside the home. The body, believed to be Walters, was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and investigation, the sheriff’s office reported.
The day of the fire, sheriff’s investigators obtained a search warrant to look for evidence that the fire was deliberately set. Among the items targeted by investigators were DNA evidence of hair and blood, along with clothing fibers, weapons, footprints, accelerants or poisons, according to the warrant.
An agent with the City-County Bureau of Identification found a $100 bill during a search of the burned home, according to the warrant.