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Arrest made after man found dead inside burning RV in Glen Burnie

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 15:28:56-04

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — An arrest has been made after a man was found dead inside of a burning RV in the Glen Burnie woods on Monday.

35-year-old Jason Nichols has been charged with first and second-degree murder as well as first and second-degree arson relating to the death of 57-year-old Dennis Lee Perry Sr.

On Monday, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded to a brush fire in the area of Sycamore Drive and Ritchie Highway South where they found a RV on fire. After it was extinguished, they found human remains inside.

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It was later discovered Perry was living in the RV that was set on fire.

Perry was identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner during an autopsy, and they say his cause of death was blunt force trauma with the manner being homicide.

A day after Perry's body was found, homicide detectives said they began executing search warrants and discovered a person of interest, Nichols. Nichols was charged after being interviewed and through evidence recovered at the scene.

An investigation revealed that Nichols did target Perry and this was not an isolated incident. Police have not released a motive at this time.

Although an arrest has been made, police say this is a very active and fluid investigation. Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. If anyone with information wishes to remain anonymous, they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.