SEAL BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Police have identified a homeless man as a person of interest in an arson fire that killed a former teacher and his dog in a Seal Beach apartment.
Authorities on Wednesday identified the man as Eric Jesus Andrade, who is nowhere to be found.READ MORE: 'Supercharge' Storm Set To Bring Heavy Rainfall To Southland
They have released several photos of the 37-year-old transient, hoping the public can help track him down.
Investigators said he either took off after witnessing the duplex catching fire or he possibly set the fire.READ MORE: Residents Around Alisal Fire Burn Area In Santa Barbara County Ordered To Evacuate As Storm Arrives
John Donnelly, 67, and his Jack Russell terrier, Eddie, died in the fire that swept through his home on 17th Street shortly after midnight Saturday.
Police said an incendiary device ignited material outside the building. Donnelly and his dog were found dead in a second-floor unit.
Police said Andrade has a distinctive tattoo on his right elbow.MORE NEWS: Report: Alec Baldwin Was Practicing Holstering His Prop Gun When He Shot, Killed Halyna Hutchins
Anyone who has seen him is asked to contact the Seal Beach Police Department.