Man charged with first-degree murder two years after woman found dead in house fire

CHATHAM, Ont. — Almost two years after a 22-year-old woman was found dead in a southwestern Ontario house fire, police have charged a man with first-degree murder.

Chatham-Kent police say the 48-year-old man was arrested in British Columbia last week after a Canada-wide warrant was issued earlier this month.

Along with murder, he faces five counts of arson with disregard for human life, indignity to a body and arson for a fraudulent purpose.

Police say the case is connected to an early morning residential fire in Chatham, Ont, in June 2022.

First responders found the body of 22-year-old Bayli Sellars.

Police say after a "thorough investigation" led them to issue the warrant, Chatham-Kent investigators and RCMP members tracked down and arrested the accused on Vancouver Island on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2024.

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