Arson Investigators Want to Talk to Suspects

Beaverton Freewill Baptist Church
Beaverton Freewill Baptist Church

Sunday, authorities confirmed that a 10th fire at a rural baptist church in Alabama was arson and may be related to the previous nine incidents.

Agents said they believe two white men in their 20s or 30s are responsible. They gave contact information in hopes the two men would contact them.

Beaverton Freewill Baptist Church in Lamar County was the latest church to fall victim. It went up in flames Saturday, leaving just a shell of a building.

"My deepest sympathy goes out to the people of Beaverton," said Lamar County Sheriff Terry Perkins.

Perkins encouraged the public to call in information that might be helpful in the investigation.

"We'll get it to the proper authorities to check it out and see if we can't stop this," he said.

Meanwhile, the ATF released a phone number, address, and e-mail address specifically for the arsonists. The contact information was broadcast on WSFA 12 News, but is not included in this on-line report at the request of investigators.

It's believed the two suspects are white males from the Alabama area, last seen driving a dark SUV (possibly a Nissan Pathfinder). Investigators say the two men are probably best friends in their 20's or 30's and may be trying to make a statement.

"We do think they have a message," said one ATF agent. "We would like to hear what they have to say."

The previous nine fires broke out earlier this month in Bibb, Pickens, Greene, and Sumter counties. The phone number for the public to call in their tips is 1-800-654-0775.

Reporter: Mark Bullock