Ar­son sus­pect goes missing af­ter blaze

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - HOLLY ROBERT­SON robert­

When the flash­ing lights started turn­ing up he walked into the bush never to be seen again

— fire wit­ness

A MAN sus­pected of burn­ing down a Cow Bay home has not been seen since the blaze took hold on Fri­day night.

Po­lice are search­ing for Ron­ald Pet­ley, a man in his 50s who had lived in the prop­erty for about nine years.

The Sil­ver Ash Rd house was com­pletely de­stroyed by the fire about 6pm.

Moss­man CIB De­tec­tive Sergeant Trevor Per­ham said po­lice were treat­ing the blaze as sus­pi­cious.

“Po­lice be­lieve that Mr Pet­ley may be able to as­sist us with our in­quires and are seek­ing any in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to his where­abouts,” he said.

“He is be­lieved to be un­harmed.”

An on­looker said he no­ticed Mr Pet­ley “neck­ing a stubby” as the fire raged.

“When the flash­ing lights started turn­ing up he walked into the bush never to be seen again,” the wit­ness said.

It is be­lieved Mr Pet­ley has re­cently split up from his part­ner, who owned the prop­erty.

The woman, who was over­seas at the time, re­turned to Aus­tralia on Tues­day to the news that she had lost ev­ery­thing.

“She’s nat­u­rally in shock,” Det Sgt Per­ham said.

Af­ter dis­ap­pear­ing al­most a week ago, Mr Pet­ley has been added to the of­fi­cial missing per­sons reg­is­ter.

“The rest re­mains a mys­tery at this time and we need to speak to Mr Pet­ley to help us un­ravel what hap­pened,” Det Sgt Per­ham said.

“We’re concerned for his wel­fare.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call Moss­man CIB on 4098 2180 or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Burnt to the ground: The Cow Bay home went up in flames

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