The Columbia Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation in relation to the death of a man found dead after a structure fire on March 1.
A joint investigation with the department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has identified Quortez Deshawn Duncan, 32, as a person of interest with whom detectives need to speak with.
Columbia Police said Duncan has not been charged with any criminal offense in relation to the investigation, although he does have an outstanding warrant for his arrest in a separate incident.
Columbia Police and Columbia Fire and Rescue responded to a reported structure fire on Skyline Drive on Sunday, March 1st. The residence was engulfed in flames when local authorities arrived.
Columbia Fire and Rescue made entry into the home and extinguished the fire. During the search, the body of Deveric Keonta Renfro, 27, was found inside the home. Investigators determined that Renfro suffered a gunshot wound prior to the fire being set and is the victim of a homicide.
Certain aspects of the case cannot be publicly released at this time to preserve the integrity of certain evidence and information.
Columbia Police is seeking assistance from anyone in Giles County and surrounding areas with information pertaining to the case or Quortez Duncan's whereabouts.
Anyone with any information that is believed to be relevant to the investigation is encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of Columbia Police Department at 931-560-1670.
Tips that are received that lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of the violent offender in this case will be eligible to receive a reward in an amount up to $5,000.