WILLIAMSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — The victim in a fatal arson fire in Williamsport was alive when the fire was set, according to court documents.
The probable cause affidavit states that Heather Smith, 31, died as a result of inhaling super-heated air and carbon monoxide poisoning. The pathologist also indicated Smith was still alive and breathing when the fire was set. They did not find any sign of blunt force or sharp force trauma to Smith.
Smith’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Scottie Kincade, 33, has been formally charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson.
According to court documents, his brother told police Kincade admitted to killing Smith and setting the house on fire.
A close friend indicated to investigators that Kincade believed Smith was planning to move away with their children.
On Friday, News 18 obtained surveillance video from the Williamsport BP, which was Smith’s employer. It shows what is believed to be one of the last times she was seen alive.
Smith’s co-workers say she stopped in Tuesday morning to pick up boxes to help a friend move.
Smith’s co-workers told News 18 she had been complaining that Kincade was texting and calling her, wanting to know where she was. She reportedly left the business around 11:55 a.m.
Firefighters responded to the fire early Tuesday afternoon and discovered Smith’s badly burned body inside the home. After a warrant was issued to conduct a search of the home, a trained canine detected accelerants in several areas of the bedroom where Smith’s body was found.
During the course of the investigation, information was obtained that Smith was seen at the local BP at 11:55 a.m. on Tuesday, picking up boxes to help a friend move.
The first call to report the fire came in at 12:19 p.m. Neighbors reported seeing Smith’s car leave the home just minutes before the fire was reported. The car was later searched, after Kincade crashed it. Inside the car, investigators say they found a gas can containing a small amount of fuel.