Elkins arson suspect found at Holiday Inn


ELKS, W.Va (WDTV) – UPDATE: Saturday, July 30, 2:56 p.m.

Elkins’ Timothy McDonald, who was at large after allegedly trying to burn down his own home, has been found.

According to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, McDonald was found around midnight at the Elkins Vacation Inn.

After receiving a tip that McDonald’s car was in the parking lot, they followed him to a room his wife had rented during the hotel’s third flood.

He is being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.

In a news release, deputies said they were made aware of McDonald’s arrest warrant by the state fire marshal’s office due to the original 5 News story.

ORIGINAL STORY: Friday, July 29, 3:46 p.m.

Officials said an Elkins man remains at large after he allegedly tried to burn down his own home.

A fire occurred on July 14 at the home of Timothy Roy McDonald, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

The fire, which caused damage of around $17,000, was located in a house on Upper Isner Creed Road in Elkins.

WVSFMO investigators were called to investigate the fire and ruled it was started intentionally.

Officials said a first-degree arson warrant has been filed for McDonald’s.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of McDonald’s is asked to call their local 911 center or the West Virginia Arson hotline at 800-233-FIRE (3473).

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