Man faces arson, sexual battery charges in murder of Port Orange woman

67-year-old woman found dead in smoke-filled home

Dougnitrio Smith (Volusia County Jail)
Dougnitrio Smith (Volusia County Jail) (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Port Orange police arrested a man Saturday on murder and arson charges in connection with the death of a 67-year-old woman.

Officers found Elizabeth Adams dead Tuesday at a home on the 1400 block of New Bolton Drive. Police were called to the area in reference to a call for smoke in a building.

An autopsy of Adams’ body revealed she suffered multiple injuries and was likely killed, according to police.

Officers say Dougnitrio D. Smith was involved in Adams’ death. Police arrested the 22-year-old on first-degree murder, arson, arson with great bodily harm, burglary with battery and sexual battery on a physically helpless victim charges.

Kathryn Mason (Volusia County Jail)) (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Investigators say Kathryn C. Mason was also arrested on a dealing in stolen property charge in relation to the investigation.

Both Mason and Smith are being held in the Volusia County Jail. Smith is being held without bond.

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