The Missouri home where a man allegedly kept a missing woman locked in a cage has mysteriously burned down after being booby-trapped, sheriff’s officials say.
James Phelps, 58, and his co-defendant, Timothy Norton, 56, have been in a Dallas County jail since mid-September after they were charged with kidnapping 33-year-old Cassidy Rainwater.
Authorities said they have photo evidence that Rainwater, who hasn’t been seen since July, was held in a cage at some point at Phelps’ home following her disappearance.
That home was destroyed in a fire late Monday, OzarksFirst reports.
Officials said a bomb squad had to be called in after fire crews responding to the blaze discovered a tripwire and a live incendiary device.
The bomb squad ended up detonating an