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Severed Finger Leads Florida Police to Suspected Arsonist

Associated Press

January 24, 2011

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A piece of a severed finger inside a glove led police to a suspected arsonist.

Investigators found the finger near the door of a burning home along North Dixie Highway on Friday night. They checked local hospitals and found that 24-year-old Ismael Ortiz had been treated for a similar injury.

Ortiz was arrested and charged with arson of a dwelling and arson to defraud. He is being held at the Brevard County Jail.

Authorities are searching for the homeowner, 58-year-old Samuel L. Davis. They believe he paid Ortiz to burn down the home so he could collect insurance money. Ortiz was dating a woman who lived in the home.


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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10982 Comments

    I wonder how the finger ended up in the glove without the rest of the hand ???? Good job

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    OUTSTANDING POLICE WORK

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50

    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Great job in locating the evidence, good police work.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50

    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11214 Comments

    Almost as good as leaving his wallet behind .....

  • Telecommunicator_rusch_max50

    PGPD911

    over 3 years ago

    6672 Comments

    Bingo, chalk one up for the good guys!

  • Tlusa_max50

    rsmith6322

    over 3 years ago

    1088 Comments

    Wow, he even bagged it for them. That poor firefighter had to crawl under my shop table to find mine. And they still couldn't fix it.

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    BForJuvCor

    over 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    So the evidence "pointed" them in the right direction!

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