Teen girl dead at Renton arson, ex-boyfriend sought


by KING 5 News


Posted on May 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Updated Friday, May 25 at 7:22 PM

RENTON, Wash. – Police launched a homicide and arson investigation after a teenage girl’s body was found at the scene of a house fire Friday morning. They are also looking for the girl's former boyfriend.

The fire was reported just before 8 a.m. 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.

"I saw them working on the body trying to resuciate, and then the police said there were stab wounds involved. That's when things got scary," a neighbor told KING 5.

Police said it appears to be a homicide, but the King County Medical Examiner will make the final determination. The victim, 17-year-old Jessica Scholl, was a student at Lindbergh High School.

Nobody else was at the house, but firefighters rescued a dog.

Renton Police are looking for Jarod T. Lane, the victim's ex-boyfriend who they are calling a person of interest.The19-year-old is white with a dark complexion, 5-feet 9-inches tall, 152 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police spent part of Friday at Lindbergh H.S. interviewing students and teachers. Grief counselors were also present.

He is believed to be driving a green 2001 Mazda Protégé with license plate number 077 YRD. Lane was last seen getting gas in North Bend and police think he was headed east.

Reporting by KING 5's Amy Moreno and the Associated Press.