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Homeless man charged with arson and murder in woman’s death in Salisbury

SALISBURY — A homeless man has been charged with murder and arson in the death of a Maryland woman whose body was found inside a burning house in Salisbury last month.

Delaware State News reports that Kenneth Glenn Evans, 43, is being held without bond in connection with the May 21 fire.

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Court records list an address for Evans in Delmar, but he was living in a tent at the time of the incident, according to charging documents filed in District Court.

When firefighters responded to the blaze, they found a woman’s body in the master bedroom and a purse on the kitchen table with the contents dumped out. State fire marshals found a wire cable wrapped around the woman’s neck multiple times. She was identified as Helen Riggins, the owner of the home.

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Her son later told investigators that his mother put $1,000 in an envelope for him, but he found an empty envelope with his name on it when he walked through the house after the fire, court records show.

Investigators were able to identify Evans through surveillance video at a neighbor’s house and by witnesses.

Police eventually located Evans and searched his tent, where they found the shirt he was wearing in the surveillance video and green tip matches similar to ones found inside the home, according to court records.

Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set.

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