North Little Rock police investigating house fire as homicide

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — According to North Little Rock police, a house fire is not being investigated as a homicide.

At around 1:50 a.m. on January 18, officers were dispatched to 17 Quillen in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, officers say the house was fully engulfed in flames. 

The NLR Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, then began searching the residence. During the search, the body of a male subject was found.

North Little Rock police began an investigation and sent the remains to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. 

The man was identified as 32-year-old Joshua Dylan Watson and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The North Little Rock Police Department is offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for Watson’s death.

Information can be provided to the 24-hour tip line at 501-680-8439.

The investigation is on-going. This story will be edited with updates as the investigation continues.