BENTON COUNTY -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Brian Wilcox, 68, has been arrested for suspicion of First Degree Murder and First Degree Arson.
On May 2, 2022, around 4 PM the Benton County Sheriff’s Office received information that Wilcox was in Del City, Oklahoma. Detectives reached out to local law enforcement in Del City to let them know Mr. Wilcox was in their general area. Mr. Wilcox was located and arrested without incident on the Murder 1st degree and Arson 1st degree warrants.
Benton County detectives will work with the Prosecutor’s Office to begin the extradition process.
“I would like to recognize the exceptional investigative skills of our detectives working this case. In their effort to locate Mr. Wilcox, they reached out to our detective assigned to the US Marshals Task Force. We appreciate their collaborative efforts. It is because of their hard work that Mr. Wilcox was arrested. Well done detectives!” Sheriff Croskrey
According to court documents, authorities believe that Wilcox shot someone in the head and then set fire to his own home on April 25.
The body found inside his home has not been identified. However, court documents state that the body resembled his wife, Kathy. The Benton County Coroner's Office is still awaiting DNA results to provide an accurate identification.
Officials say they responded to the house fire on the 1400 block of Elm Street in Kennewick on the morning of April 25. After several hours, fire fighters entered the home to find the remains of one person.
According to court documents, Wilcox was seen at the bank at the time of the fire. He was driving a blue Mitsubishi SUV.