At 10:01 on February 8, 2016, morning deputies from the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station were dispatched for a residential fire. Once on
scene, deputies found the home engulfed with flame and smoke. Unsure if anyone was inside, deputies attempted to
enter the home, but could not do so safely. Deputies called into the home, but received no response. Deputies advised
the home was full of trash and clutter and appeared to belong to a hoarder.
San Marcos Fire responded to the home and extinguished the fire. The home received moderate to major damage from
the fire and smoke. A small dog was located in the house, but perished as a result of the heavy smoke.
Deputies learned the home was being auctioned today as a result of foreclosure. The home had been owned by 62 year-
old Duncan Kendall whose whereabouts are unknown.
San Marcos Fire conducted the initial assessment of the fire and did NOT find obvious signs of foul play. Although there
was no immediate evidence the home had intentionally been set on fire, SMFD requested Sheriff’s Arson investigators
respond to assist.
Mr. Kendall’s adult son was located and responded to the home. He told deputies he had just learned about his father
losing the home yesterday. Kendall does not know where his father is and based on the circumstances, requested a
missing persons report. Due to the circumstances, we’ve classified him as missing “at-risk.”
The car Duncan Kendall is using is registered to his son, a silver 2008 Ford Focus four-door, CA # 6EJX949. Detectives
from Sheriff’s Bomb / Arson Unit are handling the fire investigation.
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