Marion county family wants answers after officials say someone set fire to a loved one's grave
Marion County detectives say a fire at a local gravesite may have been started on purpose.
The grave belongs to Amber Slatton who died in 2015 after a long battle with cancer.
Her journey brought together the entire county.
The family says seeing their loved one’s grave set on fire was like losing Amber all over again and her brother says he doesn’t understand how someone could've done this and wants to know why.
Robyn Whitzell is the great aunt of Amber and said the incident angered her.
Whitzell said, "The ribbons were gold for childhood cancer that was the whole purpose of that and of course the wording and picture were in color. She had flowers and stuff that was decorated which apparently had melted and stuck to the tombstone."
Whitzell says the fire did more than damage the gravestone, it sparked a community's need for answers.
Detective Matt Blansett with the Marion County Sheriff's office says the department is investigating the fire as arson.
He says arson cases are some of the hardest to investigate but says clues can still be found if you look hard enough.
Detective Blansett said, "We are asking the public's help, we have a vehicle description of a possible suspect that left the scene, it's a newer model Blue Ford F-150."
Amanda's brother Zach Slatton says the damage has already been done and wants to move forward.
Zach said, "I mean how could anybody be so cruel and just burn anything, much less a graveyard."
Detective Blansett says the person or persons responsible could face arson and vandalism charges.
A $500 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.