Tonight, the police are actively searching for 59-year-old Wayne Tweed, who is accused of deliberately setting a home on fire near 35th Avenue in Beardsley. Tragically, he left 86-year-old Elizabeth Bell inside the burning house.
Witnesses reported hearing sirens and witnessing the flames engulfing the property. Firefighters later discovered Belle’s lifeless body within the charred remains of the house.
This incident has left the community devastated and fearful, as Tweed had been residing in a trailer on Belle’s property along with his girlfriend. There were reports of frequent disturbances and altercations coming from their living area.
The Phoenix police have previously responded to concerns about the welfare of those in the home but provided no further details. Neighbors recount how Belle was known for her kindness and willingness to help others, making this situation even more distressing.
Tweed is described as a 5’5 white man with brown hair, blue eyes, and numerous tattoos. The community is on edge, uncertain of who else he may harm. Any information regarding Tweed’s whereabouts is vital, and Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for any tips leading to his arrest. The local community mourns this tragic event, and its impact is deeply felt..