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Wanted Man Hangs Self

Posted July 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— New Hanover County sheriff's deputies say a man found hanged at a local campsite was wanted on child abuse charges in Pennsylvania. Also known in the Carrboro area using the name Jim Madden, the man was actually Bryan Richard Roser, 36, who had just been profiled on "America's Most Wanted."

Roser had left Carrboro in early July, after a former girlfriend charged him with assault.

Pennsylvania authorities had been looking for Roser since 1985, when he was charged with molesting his son, raping a 9-year-old girl and other sex-related crimes. They also suspect he had killed another 9-year-old girl.

From Meadville, Pa., Roser went to California, where he stayed with a friend named Jim Madden. It was that name he adopted for use when he moved to North Carolina.

Dividing his time between New Hanover County and Carrboro, he was said by patrons and staff at Carrboro's Sticks and Stones bar to be likable and easy-going.

Working as a handyman, he stayed with friends or slept in his pickup truck.

New Hanover officials say that since the death occurred just four days after the nationally televised program ran a segment on Roser, they are ruling the death a suicide.