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Police: 2 arrested for murder, suspicious east side home fire

TUCSON – Two suspects in connection to a mysterious Tucson house fire in April have been arrested in New York, police say.

Blane Barksdale, Susan Barksdale, and Brent Mallard,/ Tucson Police Department

According to NBC affiliate WHEC in Rochester, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Blane, 55, and Susan Barksdale, 58, Friday morning.

Both fugitives were wanted in the death of 72-year-old Frank Bligh.

On April 16, Tucson Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 3500 block of South Calexico Avenue. Fire officials said the fire caused a large section of the house’s roof to collapse into the structure.

Initially, the owner of the home could not be located.

On May 14, police revealed a vehicle was missing from the home. After further investigation, Pima County Sheriff’s Department located the vehicle and suspected foul play. The owner of the vehicle was identified as 72-year-old Frank Bligh.

Tucson Police Department located Brent Mallard, the couple’s nephew, in Maricopa County and took him into custody on charges including arson, second-degree burglary and felony criminal damages.

Police are still asking anyone with information about this case to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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