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OLD MONROE, Mo. (AP) — The arson arrest of a volunteer Missouri firefighter isn't as uncommon as some might think.

Lincoln County volunteer firefighter Dustin Grigsby was arrested Monday and accused of torching a garage, but authorities say he is suspected in 14 other suspicious fires in the Old Monroe area.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that across the country, an estimated 1000 firefighters are arrested for arson each year.

Researchers have for years tried to determine what drives firefighters to become arsonists, or if arsonists are drawn to be firefighters. The FBI and universities are among those seeking answers.

Grigsby is 19, and firefighter arsonists are generally 17 to 25, according to research by Matthew Hinds-Aldrich, an assistant professor of fire science at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts.

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Firefighters in south-central Missouri have found the body of a 23-year-old woman who was swept away with her young son in floodwaters earlier this week.

Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long says crews recovered the body of Jessica Lee late Friday in the Roubidoux River in Waynesville. Lee and her 4-year-old son Elyjah Lee were in a car that was swept off a roadway early Tuesday after torrential rains hit the area, flooding streets and damaging homes and businesses.

Long says the vehicle and the child's body were recovered about Tuesday in western Waynesville, but crews continued searching for Lee.

A southwest Missouri woman also died Thursday after another round of torrential downpours caused flash flooding that swept away her car near the town of Jane.

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Idaho say they are making sure Hannah Anderson is getting the physical and emotional care she needs after a harrowing weeklong search ended in the wilderness yesterday with her rescue and the death of the man who apparently kidnapped her.

FBI agents first spotted the California teen and James DiMaggio from the air, then moved in on their campsite.

DiMaggio is suspected of killing Anderson's mother and brother, who were found in his burning house outside San Diego last week.

The 16-year-old appeared to be uninjured and is expected to be reunited with her father today. She has been recuperating in an Idaho hospital.

The FBI is sending investigators to try to fill in the details about the ordeal. DiMaggio was a friend of the Anderson family, and Hannah's father says the children thought of him as an uncle.

 

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