A Habersham County man is wanted for arson, and investigators are asking for the public's help in finding him.
A release from the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner said Shawn Harkness, 44, is wanted on charges of first-degree arson relating to a Cornelia fire.
The fire happened on Monday afternoon at the Days Inn located on Level Grove Road. An agent with the State Fire Marshal's office determined that the fire started in the facility's storage room and was caused by a human act.
“The 32-year-old, 40 room hotel had 11 rooms rented at the time of the fire,” said Commissioner King. “After interviewing witnesses, our agent determined Mr. Harkness to be the primary suspect. At this time, Mr. Harkness has not been apprehended, and we are asking for the help of the community and surrounding areas in bringing him to justice.”
Commissioner King’s Fire Investigation Unit is assisting the Cornelia Police and Fire Departments with the investigation.
Georgia Arson Control is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to Harkness's arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call Commissioner King’s State Fire Investigators Unit at 1-800-282-5804.