Roan Mountain woman charged with setting fire to boyfriend's residence

John Thompson • Updated Jan 10, 2018 at 6:39 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A Roan Mountain woman has been accused of setting fire to her boyfriend’s residence.

Rebecca Anna Sue Clawson, 31, 235 Perkins Hollow Road, was arrested by Deputy Nathaniel Swymer of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on a charge of arson.

Swymer responded to a fire at 156 Jackson Ave. at 1 p.m. Monday. When he arrived, he spoke with Casey Arthur Reed, 52. Swymer said Casey Reed told him he left the trailer with his brother Tracy Reed, leaving Clawson alone at the residence while the brothers got food.

The deputy said Tracy Reed told him that when they returned, he tried to enter the residence, but was overwhelmed by smoke. He said he went to cut off the water to the home and found Clawson hiding underneath it. He said Clawson came out from under the mobile home and walked up a trail into the woods.

Swymer and Deputy Justin Johnson followed the trail and reported finding Clawson behind a dilapidated structure.

After the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department cleared the scene, Swymer examined the debris, and believed the fire had been set on purpose. He then called Sgt. Travis Ludlow, the arson investigator for the sheriff’s department.

Ludlow took photographs at the scene and taped an interview with Clawson.

Following Ludlow’s investigation, Swymer charged Clawson with arson, based on the investigation’s finding that there had been two points of fire and Clawson’s own admission of guilt.

Clawson appeared in Sessions Court on Tuesday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. set her bond at $500 and set her next appearance in court for Feb. 6.

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