A man has been served fugitive warrants for murder after his girlfriend and her son were found dead inside a burning Gaston County home on Monday, the Gaston County Police Department released Friday.
Wednesday, investigators identified the deceased as 38-year-old Bridget McCall Berry and 17-year-old Treyvon "TJ" Berry.
They named Bridget's boyfriend who lived at the home with the Berry's, 40-year-old Peter James Rivers, as a "person of interest" in the case. Thursday, arrest warrants were issued for Berry on two counts of first-degree-murder.
Rivers was being held in Georgia on unrelated drug charges after he was found on Tuesday driving a vehicle that was reported missing from the home after the fire. That vehicle was a 1995 green Chevrolet Suburban.
Officials responded to the fire around 5 a.m. Monday at a home on Ridgewood Court at Kem Lane in Mount Holly. Police said early on that they were treating the fire as "suspicious." Police say initial information indicated that three people were inside the home, later identified as Bridget, Treyvon, and Rivers.
Officials said at a press conference Wednesday that the victims did not die as a result of the fire, and that they may have died sometime between Thursday and Monday. They did not say how exactly the pair was killed.
Investigators said in a press conference Monday that police were looking for two people who lived at the home, Treyvon Berry, who was later identified as one of the deceased victims, and a 12-year-old girl. A short time later, police said, they had found the young girl.
A neighbor said Bridget Berry was a seven-year cancer survivor and a prior volunteer nurse at a Charlotte high school where Treyvon was a student. The neighbor believes that school was West Charlotte High School. Bridget left the volunteer position when she and Rivers started their own flooring company, the neighbor said.
Investigators did not say how long Bridget and Rivers were in a relationship.
Rivers waived extradition in his hearing in Georgia. He will return to Gaston County where the warrants will be served and his court date will be scheduled. Police say Rivers has not been charged with arson but say the case is still under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Gaston County police at 704-866-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.