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Incendiary Devices Found at Kidnapping Suspects Home

Investigators with the Springfield Missouri Fire Department Bomb Squad found two incendiary devices at the Windyville home of a suspect in the disappearance of a woman who reportedly was held in a cage at the house in Dallas County. The home was burned to the ground on October 4th.

58-year old James Phelps was renting the home and, along with 56-year old Timothy Norton, have been jailed since September on first-degree kidnapping charges in the disappearance of Cassidy Rainwater, who has not been seen since July.

After a tip,  investigators found photos of Rainwater on Phelps phone, nearly naked and locked in a cage.

When he was interviewed in August, Phelps told Dallas County Deputies that Rainwater had stayed at the property but left in the middle of the night, possibly to go to Colorado.

At the fire, investigators found two devices made of mortar tubes and balloons. The fire department’s bomb squad removed the devices.  Phelps and Norton remain locked up without bond.

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