UPDATE: Fugitive arrested after house set on fire Thursday in Nye County

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UPDATE: James Edward Conley of Round Mountain was taken into custody on Friday after he was seen walking down a road. He is being transported to the Tonopah Detention Center in Nye County, where he will face charges of arson, larceny, leaving the scene of an accident, and an out-of-state warrant. See original story below:


NYE COUNTY, Nev. (KLAS) — Nye County Deputies are searching for a man who allegedly committed an arson Thursday evening.

Deputies originally responded to the report of an arson in northern Nye County, and when they arrived, they discovered 60-year-old James Edward Conley had been fired from a ranch in the area.

After he was fired, Conley allegedly set the ranch house on fire, then got away in his vehicle. Soon after, he crashed his vehicle and ran on foot.

James Edward Conley
James Conley (Nye County Sheriff’s Office)

Conley is a wanted fugitive and is facing charges for arson, larceny and leaving the scene of an accident.

He was last seen near SR 376 at mile marker 51.

Conley was wearing a black tank top, but deputies say it appeared he had no pants on.

Residents are asked to be on the lookout for Conley. If you see him, do not approach him. Call 911.

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