University Police ‘optimistic’ evidence will lead to arrest
ALFRED — The University Police Department at Alfred State “is optimistic that scientific analysis may yield a conclusion” to arson fires that plagued a residence hall in November, the college said in a statement posted on its website Wednesday.
In its latest update on the arson probe and the search for suspects, Alfred State officials revealed that the high-tech investigation is utilizing federal criminal profiling, DNA, video surveillance and a “silent witness” system to generate leads.
Local law enforcement agencies as well as county and state fire investigators are probing three fires that were intentionally set over a seven-day period in November. The fires were reported on Nov. 8, Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 in Mackenzie North residence hall. Each of the fires were set in trash cans, college officials said, adding that paper and plastic