Detectives from the Roswell Police Department are investigating a homicide after an incident that occurred around 6:45 p.m. Friday, when Lisa Smith, 44, burst from her residence at Mesa Verde Apartments, 502 S. Wyoming Ave., completely engulfed in flames.
Two good Samaritans assisted in putting out the fire. Emergency Medical Services responded. They estimated that Smith had burns on more than 95 percent of her body. She was transported to a local hospital and then flown to Lubbock, Texas, for treatment.
Evidence found at the scene suggests arson. The police believe the victim was deliberately set on fire. The family was notified, Monday, that the victim died, turning a potential arson investigation into a homicide.
Charred areas on the outside of the building indicate the intensity of the blaze. A confidential source said that the woman was doused with some sort of accelerant and set on fire. Another stated she was covered in kerosene.
Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Patrick Smith, 49, a person of interest. Smith is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, weight 200 pounds, with brown eyes and a shaved head.
Officials think Smith may also have burns on his body. Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Roswell Police Department (575-624-6770), or Crime Stoppers (1-888-594-8477).