Rolesville house fire ruled a murder-suicide
Posted January 4, 2016
Rolesville, N.C. — 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.