Murrieta Police Investigators are back at the scene of the deadly blaze at the Waterstone Apartment complex to continue their investigation, officials reported today.
“We are continuing to investigate the case and today we are working with our arson investigators at the crime scene,” Murrieta Police Lt. Tony Conrad said. “The command post is there so the detectives have a place to write and do any research.”
Shanae Christiana Wesley’s body was found in her fire ravaged apartment on the morning of Wednesday Oct. 31. Investigators quickly labeled her death as suspicious.
A few days later, Hemet resident Marquise McGlown, 22, was arrested on a felony parole violation, but Lt. Conrad said McGlown is considered to be the prime suspect in Wesley’s death.
Neighbors called 911 after seeing the roaring flames engulfing the ground floor apartment.
A resident who lives in the same building at the Waterstone Apartments where the fire broke out said he heard tires squealing in the parking lot at about 6:30 a.m.
“I also heard glass breaking and was awakened by a neighbor pounding on my door yelling at me to evacuate,” Brandon O’Brien, 28, explained.
A neighbor pulled Wesley’s 3-year-old son, who was also inside the burning apartment, out to safety, Conrad said.
The boy was released from a local hospital in good condition, but Conrad did not say with whom the boy is staying.
Conrad did not specify how McGlown is allegedly tied to Wesley’s death but said additional charges are expected to be filed against him as autopsy results and case findings are pending a review by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
McGlown is being held without bail.
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