A missing ladder belonging to the Sodders was found at the bottom of an embankment soon after the incident.
A man whom neighbors had seen stealing a block and tackle from the property around the time of the fire was identified and arrested. He admitted to the theft and claimed he had been the one who cut the phone line, thinking it was a power line, but denied having anything to do with the fire. However, no record identifying him exists, and why he would have wanted to cut any utility lines to the Sodder house while stealing the block and tackle has never been explained.
Jennie Sodder also had trouble accepting Morris’s belief that all traces of the children’s bodies had been burned completely in the fire. Many of the household appliances had been found, still recognizable, in the ash. A local crematorium supported her theory.
The trucks’ failure to start was also considered. George Sodder believed they had been tampered with, perhaps by the same man who stole the block and tackle and cut the phone line.
The only bone fragments ever found on the site were a few human vertebrae fragments, although these were confirmed to have never been exposed to fire.”