Snead fire leads to arson investigation

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey announced yesterday the fire on Moman Road in the Snead area on Feb. 8 is now being investigated as arson and a homicide.

“If you set a fire and someone dies in it, it’s investigated as a homicide,” she said.

The victim was identified as 77-year-old Rhonette Lyles, according to Casey.

Investigators are following all leads, and the District Attorney’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact Blount County Crimestoppers by calling 205-274-2746.