UPDATE: 7:45 a.m. Wednesday – The Cowley County Sheriff’s Dept. has confirmed that the body of Jacob Andes has been found. Sheriff David Falletti said Andes returned to the scene of the house fire on 151st Rd. and apparently took his own life. He was found when the sheriff’s dept. did a periodic check of the scene early this morning.
UPDATE: 2:11 p.m. – Cowley County authorities are currently looking for 25-year-old Jacob Andes in connection with the early morning fire investigation.
Investigators have spent considerable time looking for Andes, especially near the scene of the blaze, which caused considerable damage to a single-wide trailer. Authorities suspect arson was the cause of the fire. They haven’t been able to find Andes since the fire occurred.
If you see Jacob Andes, the sheriff’s department asks that you not make contact with him but instead call 911. Andes may have a firearm in his possession.
Cowley County Sheriff’s and local fire investigators are looking into the cause of a suspicious fire overnight that destroyed a single-wide trailer home east of Winfield.
Deputies were initially dispatched to 19979 151st Rd. around 2:40 a.m. for the report of a domestic disturbance. They arrived to find smoke coming from a structure.
The trailer soon became fully engulfed in fire.
A deputy reported hearing what sounded like popping noises from inside the residence and believed it could either be gunshot or noises from the fire itself, according to a statement from Sheriff David Falletti.
A perimeter was established and fire department crews from Winfield and Atlanta arrived to extinguish the blaze. The trailer is considered a total loss.
Radio traffic indicated that authorities were searching for someone in connection with the incident, however, Falletti said investigators have yet to confirm the identity of anyone potentially responsible for starting the fire.