RENTON, Wash. - Police are looking for a the former boyfriend of a 17-year-old girl who was apparently stabbed to death and found inside a Renton home after a fire was set inside.
Police said they are investigating the death and fire as arson and homicide, and are looking for 19-year-old Jarod T. Lane as a person of interest in the slaying.
Police have not released the victim's identity, but friends said the victim was Lindbergh High School student Jessica Scholl.
Just before 8 a.m. Friday, a passer-by noticed smoke coming out of a window of a home in the 12700 block of Southeast 164th Street and tried to douse it with a garden hose.
When firefighters arrived, they found the couch burning and the teen's body on the second floor. She could not be revived.
A fire investigator said the she had defensive stab wounds on her body.
Scholl's friend, Shayna Eduardo, said Scholl and Lane had been a loving couple but Scholl called off the relationship a few days ago.
"He got too depressed, and I don't know if he was trying to talk to her or anything but I guess that's why. True love causes you to do crazy stuff I guess," said Eduardo.
"Ive fallen for a girl, her name is jessica scholl and i wouldnt want it any other way for the rest of my life i wanna be with her, also love soccer and working :P," was posted Lane's Facebook page in his About Jarod section.
"I feel so bad for her family right now. I can't imagine. I just had a baby and I can't imagine losing my child," said Scholl's friend, Shayla Foster.
Police said Lane may be driving a 2001 green Mazda Protege with Washington plate 077 YRD. He is described as having a dark complexion, is 5 feet 9 inches tall, 152 pounds with brown eyes and brown or black hair. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
"He purchased fuel in North Bend sometime this morning so we believe he is headed east," Renton Police Department spokeswoman Terri Vickers said.
Anyone with information about the homicide and arson or knows of Lane's whereabouts is asked to contact the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500.