JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Joplin police say a man burned down his estranged wife's home and then sent taunting messages to her and a friend about the fire.
Timothy A. Elsey was charged Thursday with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary in Monday's fire at his wife's rented home.
Adrienne Elsey was not at home when the fire started, but the blaze killed her cats and guinea pig and destroyed most of the home's contents.
Joplin Detective Trevor Duncan says Elsey sent his wife text messages after the fire. One said the pain had just started, and another said he watched the fire burn. He also allegedly sent texts to his wife's friend, in which he admitted starting the fire.
The Joplin Globe reports that Elsey is in the Jasper County Jail on $25,000 bond.
Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com