Victor Serriteno, 29, of Vacaville, had already been arrested final September and charged with killing 32-year-old Priscilla Castro. Her burned physique was discovered on Sept. 2 close to Lake Berryessa.
Following an eight-month investigation into the origins of the Markley Fireplace, Solano County officers named Serriteno as an arson suspect.
“Primarily based on the intensive investigation, we imagine Serriteno intentionally set the Markley Fireplace in an try to hide his crime,” the Solano County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned.
Castro had gone on a deliberate date with Serriteno in Vacaville on Aug. 16, however she was by no means heard from once more, Vacaville police beforehand mentioned.
Two days later, a blaze dubbed the Markley Fireplace erupted within the space the place Castro’s physique was discovered and merged with different fires to change into the LNU Lightning Complicated, which triggered six deaths and destroyed about 1,500 properties and different buildings.
Two of the Markley Fireplace victims — 82-year outdated Douglas Mai and 64-year outdated Leon “James” Bone — have been discovered useless of their properties in unincorporated Solano County, investigators have mentioned.
“We misplaced the lives of three folks, numerous constructions, numerous animals and property countywide,” Vacaville Police Lt. Bryan Larsen mentioned. “We’re grateful we have been in a position to deliver some closure to this portion of the investigation. And hopefully serve some justice for individuals who have been affected by this fireplace.”
Serriteno was arrested on Wednesday and charged with arson and the 2 murders of Mai and Bone.
He has remained jailed with out bail for Castro’s homicide since September 2020. He has pleaded not responsible to her killing.
The Related Press contributed to this report.