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Deadly arson in Caldwell County now ruled a homicide

This is one of the homes that caught fire. This is in the 2900 block of SSR-D in Polo, just to...
This is one of the homes that caught fire. This is in the 2900 block of SSR-D in Polo, just to the southeast of where Broadway Drive ends in the east.(KCTV5 News)
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 12:42 PM CDT
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POLO, Mo. (KCTV) - Authorities are now investigating a deadly arson case as a homicide in Caldwell County.

Lorene Fickess, who was 96, was killed as a result of her home being set on fire Tuesday morning near Polo. It was one of three homes that was targeted by arsonists in the area.

The Caldwell County sheriff on Wednesday announced that her death is now being investigated as a homicide. Authorities are searching for suspects in the case.

According to Sheriff Mitchell Allen, the person of interest drove a black SUV with tinted windows. The driver is believed to be a black male.

The investigation is ongoing and authorities ask that anyone with information call 816-586-2681.

Fickess, who would have turned 97 in June, lived by herself and took “great pride” in being healthy enough to still take care of herself.

To read more about Fickess and what her family had to say about her legacy, click here.

UPDATE:

Update on suspect and vehicle information from the Structure Fires on May 10th, 2022: The Caldwell County Sheriff's...

Posted by Caldwell County Missouri Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, May 11, 2022