Police seeking 3 persons of interest following deadly Portsmouth house fire

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 16:09:47-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department's Major Crimes Unit are looking for three people in connection with a death that resulted from a house fire earlier this week.

On Wednesday, June 24 at approximately 10:13 p.m., the dispatchers received a 911 call requesting fire and medics to respond to the 1100 block of Victory Boulevard for a structure fire.

Two adults and two children were injured in this fire, and one of the adults injured later died at the hospital.

As a result of their investigation, detectives and fire marshals have identified three persons of interest, who they believe may have vital information about this case. Detectives are trying to find 26-year-old Skyler L. Peacock of Portsmouth, 20-year-old James J. Yoder Jr. of Portsmouth and 33-year-old Amanda M. Nutt of Portsmouth.

Peacock is described as a white male who is approximately 6’ tall and weighs 135 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Yoder Jr. is described as a white male who is approximately 5’9” tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Nutt is described as a white female who is approximately 5’8” tall and weighs 135 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes.

This is a joint investigation with the fire marshals from Porsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.

Anyone who knows where Peacock, Yoder Jr. or Nutt may be is asked to call the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit at (757) 393-8536 or the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). Callers can also submit an anonymous tip through the Crime Line’s “P3 Tips” app or via their website.

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