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WARRENSBURG, Mo. — An investigation is underway into an incident on the campus of University of Central Missouri Thursday, November 19, 2015.

UPDATE (11/20/15)

10:05 a.m. — The University of Central Missouri’s Department of Public Safety has announced a person of interest has been identified.

A blaze was set in a trash can located inside a men’s bathroom of a Martin Hall. Officials say the flames were extinguished quickly by individuals that smelled smoke.

Due to writings on a bathroom mirror, public safety officials are investigating the incident as a hate crime and arson. Now, officers say they have identified a person of interest, though no suspects have been identified.

Police say an investigation into the matter is ongoing with the goal to identify and prosecute anyone involved in the crime.


 

9:43 a.m. — An investigation is underway to find the person, or persons, responsible for an incident on the campus of University of Central Missouri Thursday, November 19, 2015.

According to Chief Scott Rhoad, Director of Public Safety at UCM, shortly before 9:00 p.m., the Department of Public Safety was contacted by people in Martin Building after finding a trash can on fire in the men’s restroom on the second floor.

Witnesses extinguished the blaze prior to contacting authorities. They reported smelling smoke which led them to the restroom.

Initial findings indicate the fire was intentionally set. Also writings were found nearby indicating a hate crime. No other details have been released at this time.

KMZU will bring you more information as it is made available.