RENTON, Wash. – The former boyfriend of a teenage girl who was found dead at the scene of a house fire last week has been arrested in Oklahoma.
A news crew from Oklahoma City TV station KFOR spotted Jarod T. Lane walking down the road and called authorities.
Lane, 19, has been wanted for questioning in the death of 17-year-old Jessica Scholl. He was arrested while on foot along the main freeway in and out of Oklahoma City.
Police had tracked Lane's car to Oklahoma and on Monday morning it was found abandoned.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol then posted a wanted poster on their Facebook page.
The crew from KFOR was on the way to do a story on the manhunt when reporter Adam Mertz saw a man walking along the road who met the description of the man in the wanted poster.
"The individual actually had the same clothes on that was on the wanted flyer," said Trooper Betsy Randolph.
Randolph said Mertz called authorities numerous times to report Lane's location.
She said Lane did not resist arrest and there was no struggle.
"When our troopers asked him 'Are you the guy that's wanted in questioning with this murder?' he said 'yes I am," said Randolph.
Scholl was found dead in the home in the 12700 block of SE 164th Street after smoke was spotted coming from the second floor of the two-story home. Eight minutes after emergency responders arrived, they found the girl inside.
Scholl was a student at Lindbergh High School. A candlelight vigil was held for her on Sunday.
Her family issued a statement, saying "On behalf of Jessica Scholl's entire family, we want to thank everyone for their outpouring of support. Your prayers and thoughts have brought us comfort during this time of tragedy. We want to thank Jessica's classmates and teachers and all of our friends for helping us remember her. We are especially grateful to the Renton Police and Fire Departments for their response and thoroughness in their work. "