Woman killed in Sanford fire was bound by duct tape, authorities say


SANFORD, N.C. (WNCN) – The body of a 42-year-old woman was found bound with duct tape and her daughter’s body found in a tub after authorities said their Sanford apartment was intentionally set on fire Monday.

Around 1:30 p.m., Sanford firefighters responded to the apartment, located at 916 Clark Circle, regarding a strong odor of gas.

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Upon arrival, fire officials noticed smoke coming from an apartment nearby. McLean and Cameron were found inside that apartment.

A federal criminal complaint says there is no indication either Calandra McLean or Tashonna Cameron, 13, were shot.

Billy Jo McLean, Calandra McLean’s husband, was seen purchasing gasoline with a credit card at 1:18 p.m. Monday.

Just nine minutes later, Billy Jo McLean was seen on surveillance video entering the apartment with a gas can. He exited the apartment less than a minute later without the gas can.

Smoke could be seen coming from the apartment as Billy Jo McLean exited the apartment, the complaint says. The apartment sustained smoke and minor fire damage.

Federal authorities believe Billy Jo McLean kidnapped his step-son 17-year-old Tobias McLean. The teen has a medical condition that requires medication that he does not have in his possession.

Authorities believe Billy Jo McLean could be in Northern Virginia, Washington or the Maryland area.

According to phone records, Billy Jo McLean has had routine contact with someone living in Capital Heights, Maryland.

Police have charged him with two counts of first-degree murder.

He was last seen driving a 2001 Ford Windstar van.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Billy Jo McLean is urged to contact the Sanford Police Department at 919-777-1051.

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