Captain GB Swartwood says Rodney Dean Canby, 35, James Williams Exline, 34, and Amy Lynn Burker, 33, are believed to have been operating a meth laboratory together in the trailer, located on 312 Athletic Street in Martinsburg.
During the course of the investigation several items and components which were indicative for the operation of a clandestine meth lab were found. Police say some of these items discovered were Coleman fuel, a respirator mask, propane cylinders, alkaline batteries, blister pack of pseudoephedrine, and coiled copper tubing.
They also say coffee filters were found with residue, plastic tubing, and a Gatorade bottle was found containing a solid residue. These items and components are known to be indicative and utilized in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, police say. A respirator mask was also found outside of the trailer.
The investigation revealed that the trailer was owned by a Rodney Dean Canby Jr. through Municipal records. As we've reported, no injuries were reported although the homeowner's dog was killed in the fire.
A witness, Deborah Taylor, who's the Aunt of Rodney, said on the day of the fire a girl called her and said she was sleeping, smelled smoke, and ran outside looking for Rodney. She said she was calling from Berkeley Station 7-Eleven.
Police also say on Wednesday, April 2, they received a call from a Florida resident, who identified herself as Sarah Hartman. She advised to police she was a recovering meth addict, and had stayed at 312 Athletic Street in the past where Rodney has been making meth using the "shake and bake" method.
Hartman told police she got a phone call from Billy, stating "Something bad happened, I don't know what is going on, but I had to get out of the trailer." She told police Billy, along with James and Amy were staying at a Motel 6 in Hagerstown. She said all three were planning to flee to Florida.
Officers continue to search for the person(s) who left the scene, and are actively pursuing leads.
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