Because the fire was suspected as
arson, Dowler underwent an “examination under oath” with his insurance company.
Mincks says that, during the exam, Dowler admitted committing insurance fraud
by deceiving his insurance company to collect the replacement costs. Also, contractors
whom Dowler said he hired to make repairs confirmed that they did no work at his
With the assistance of Parkersburg
Police, Dowler was arrested at his residence on Mathion Street on Parkersburg’s
east end. At last report he was still in the North Central Regional Jail near
West Union, pending extradition back to Ohio.
The arson aspect of the case remains