NSW Police launch fresh appeal after death of teenage boy in suspected arson attack

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New South Wales Police are this morning renewing their appeal for information after a 14-year-old boy died in a suspected arson attack.

The body of Tahma Teara-Jones was found inside the upstairs bedroom of a burned out home in Macquarie Fields on Wednesday June 30.

The fire broke out just before 1.30am and the occupants were able to escape but the teenager was unaccounted for.

Police were told Tahma had been staying with a friend who resided at the home on the night the fire.

Initial inquiries determined the fire had been deliberately lit.

Family representative Tristan Dunphy will today join police in appealing anyone to come forward who may know who started the fire.

“This is about the death of Tahma, who meant a lot to his family and the community. He had his whole life ahead of him,” Mr Dunphy said.

“If you have any information about his death, please consider the trauma Tahma’s family are currently going through and reach out and speak to authorities.”

Arson Unit Coordinator Detective Chief Inspector Richard Puffett said police suspect someone in the community knows what happened.

“While we have already spoken with dozens of residents and other witnesses, investigators believe there are still people – particularly local children who knew Tahma – who have an idea of how this fire may have started,” Detective Chief Inspector Puffett said.

“These are incredibly tragic circumstances that cost a 14-year-old boy his life, and Tahma’s family deserve answers.

“As our inquiries continue, we are urging anyone who has information that may assist us, including anyone who may have been driving through the area at the time and noticed suspicious activity, to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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