Warren County fire, water rescue possibly related as crews look for suspect
MORROW, Ohio (Brad Underwood) - The search for a 27-year-old Morrow man is on pause Saturday night as search crews wait for daylight to continue.
Multiple fire departments, the Warren County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources spent Saturday combing the banks of The Little Miami River looking for Aaron Berns.
Berns is a person of interest in a house fire that is being ruled arson. When police and fire responded the house fire on Miranda Street they encountered Berns.
Lieutenant John Faine with the Warren County Sheriff's Office says Berns took off and dove head first into the river.
"It's pretty urgent, even if he got out of the water pretty quickly last night, it's very cold he would have been saturated in cold water, the temperature outside was in the low 20's," said Lt. Faine.
Lt. Faine says at this point there's nothing to indicate this search has changed to a recovery mission.
According to family members of Berns, the 27-year-old has military experience and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Two days before the house fire, police say Berns set a mattress on fire in the front yard. Berns was staying at the house that belongs to his brother according to police.
George Bocklett lives next to the house that was set on fire and says the flames were as high as the telephone pole. Bocklett is hoping Berns is found alive.
"I'd like to see them find him alive and see what's wrong with him and get him some help," said Bocklett.
Police are asking that if you see Berns to call them.