Two Arrested In Fatal Manhattan Fire
Associated Press - Sat 03:17 AM 02/09/2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Two Manhattan residents have been arrested in connection with an apartment fire that killed a Kansas State University researcher earlier this week.
The Riley County Police Department says 20 year old Patrick Martin Scahill and 19 year old Virginia Amanda Griese were arrested Friday on suspicion of felony murder and aggravated arson. Both were being held on $1 million bond.
Investigators did not say how they tied the suspects to Wednesday night's fire at a 12 unit apartment building near the Kansas State campus.
The only injury was to 34 year old Vasanta Lakshmi Pallem, a post doctoral researcher in chemical engineering. She was found in her apartment and died later of smoke inhalation.
Phone numbers for Scahill and Griese could not be found.
Authorities have not said where or how the fire started, as the investigation continues.