An Izard County resident has been arrested in connection with a house fire which may have killed his wife.
74-year-old Donald Dickey was arrested on Wednesday, July 28, and charged with arson.
Earlier in the day, investigators recovered human remains as they sifted through the burned out house where 67-year-old Mary Dickey lived.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Mary Dickey is the ex-wife of Donald Dickey. She had been missing since fire destroyed her home at 6653 Gorby Road in the Calico Rock area.
The fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. The house was burning out of control when firefighters arrived on the scene and was totally destroyed.
On July 28, Izard County Sheriff's Investigators joined Arkansas State Police agents, the State Police Bomb and Arson unit, and ATF agents in a concentrated search of the rubble. Investigators were looking for fire victims and clues to the cause of the fire.
During excavation at the scene, investigators recovered what appeared to be human remains. The remains have been submitted to the Medical Examiner's office at the State Crime Lab for autopsy and identification purposes.
At this point, Donald Dickey faces one count of arson. He is being held at the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
According to Sheriff Lawrence, Mary Dickey was recently divorced from her husband and lived alone at the Gorby Road address.