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Rolesville house fire ruled a murder-suicide

Posted January 4, 2016

— A Rolesville house fire last month that killed a mother and her 3-year-old son has been ruled a murder-suicide, police said Monday.

Kristy Bryan and her 3-year-old twins were inside the home at 6205 Roles Saddle Drive on Dec. 11 when neighbors spotted smoke coming from the house at about 8 a.m.

Bryan and one of her sons, Tyler W. Bryan, died in the fire. The other 3-year-old was taken to UNC Hospitals.

A gas can was found in the home, and the investigation revealed the fire started in the master bedroom and was a result of an intentional spread from an ignitable fluid, police said in a news release.

"There is no indication of forced entry or struggle in the home. The arson investigators concluded, based on the evidence, that the fire was started by Mrs. Bryan," the release said.

A final autopsy report is pending.

According to an unsealed search warrant, authorities found pills, zip ties, the end of a lighter and computer equipment inside of the home.

"Unfortunately, in these situations, there are often questions we can't answer," said Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman. "We have to rely on evidence as it is...at this point, we are confident with the conclusion we have come to."

Another child, age 6, lives in the home but had left for school before the fire started.

“We appreciate the full cooperation of Mr. Derek Bryan and the entire family during the course of the investigation. Please continue to keep the family in your thoughts and prayers," Police Chief Bobby Langston said.


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  • Arron Lee Jan 5, 2016
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    Just something strange about this case. I just can't put my finger on it yet.

  • Karen Orndorff Jan 5, 2016
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    I can't imagine what could have made her want to burn her and her children, poor innocents get in the way all the time.

  • Gabrielle Williams Jan 5, 2016
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    I too apologize for thinking it was the husband/father. Prayers for the two remaining children and husband.

  • BigWillie Johnson Jan 5, 2016
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    Let's show compassion, some of us can handle adversity and stress better than others. She made the classic mistake of making a permanent decision for a temporary problem. All successful people have failures, I can personally attest to that. Prayers to the family.

    Janni we ALL speculate before knowing the facts. It shows strength of character to apologize:)

  • Mary Meadows Jan 4, 2016
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    Janni. I respect what you said. So often people make damning or incorrect statements and when they turn out to be incorrect the person making them simply slinks away
    We all make mistakes in life, but to own up to one and apologize for them (especially when one is behind the usual anonymity of a keyboard) shows your true character. Thanks for showing others how it's done.

  • Kayla Moncol Jan 4, 2016
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    Mental illness is real. So sad for all those involved.

  • Shiloh Barkley Jan 4, 2016
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    I wish she would've asked for help. From her doctor, husband, friend...

  • John Tavolacci Jan 4, 2016
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    I assume there was a thorough investigation.. that's how you came up with a murder suicide... and the husband was questioned.

  • Sam Adams Jan 4, 2016
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    As a parent, I cannot imagine how or why this would ever occur. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Janni Cone Jan 4, 2016
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    this is BEYOND tragic. And I apologize for (at first) thinking that Mr Bryan might have had something to do with this. So sad - and such a horrific way to die. Prayers for the family and continued recovery of the remaining twin. so sorry - so sorry...