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Possible witness wanted for questioning in church arson

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WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- Walker County Fire Investigators are relentless in their search for a suspected church arsonist and they are looking for a man, who may hold the answers. 

In July Garrett's Chapel Baptist in Chickamauga somehow caught fire, causing about $500,000 in damages to two buildings. The man officials need to speak with is not a suspect but may have vital information.

Walker County EMS Director David Ashburn said, "he is not a person of interest as far as the crime, but for information we can use to get that tied down."

Ashburn says take a close look at the sketch. He's 5'-8'' approximately 175 pounds mid 20's to early 30's with a red and green tattoo below his left ear, driving a newer model black Ford F-150.

Officials say he is not a suspect, but he was watching the fire with others, and led one woman to believe he had more info.

"That's why we want to talk to him directly. He was saying stuff that let her know he knew more than what was there," said Ashburn.

While police continue to search for more information, the church is trying to rebuild, and members are still in shock. Amy Garner grew up in that church she says someone has to know something.

"I can't understand why someone would want to do something like that. I have a lot of memories there, my kids grew up there. I was saved and baptized there. My brother was married there," said Garner.

If you know who he is, you're asked to call the Walker County Emergency Services at 706-539-1255, and ask for Lt. Scott forest.

There's a $10,000 reward for info leading to an arrest. Again, police say he's not a suspect but there are important questions that he may have answers to.

"At the time he got there, how much of the building was burning. What did he see at the time, in the area, specifically," questioned Ashburn.

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