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    NC - Amanda Strous, 27, killed in arson fire, Charlotte, 18 June 2016

    Amanda Strous - W/F/27 - Died From Arson Fire - Charlotte - 18 June 2016

    Amanda Strous :: White / Female / 27 Years Old


    Amanda Strous, Deceased

    Day Three

    Mon., June 20th: WBTV:

    http://www.wbtv.com/story/32254097/w...e-in-charlotte:

    "...fire was intentionally set while... Amanda... still inside...

    Detectives do not believe... a random act of violence." [Emphasis by Richrd]

    Plus:

    via Istiff: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/new...e84780987.html
    &
    http://shipraiders.com/news/2016/6/1...us-11-15m.aspx


    Police Homicide Unit :: 704-432-TIPS
    or
    Crime Stoppers :: 704 334-1600
    Last edited by Richrd; 06-20-2016 at 11:40 AM.

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    OMG. I am local to the area and this is just bizarre/tragic/sad.

    IMO


    ETA link: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/new...e84780987.html

    She had lived in the apartment since February. Her roommate was in their home state of Pennsylvania for a wedding, said Crystal Strous, Amanda’s mother. Her fiance, Corey Michael, was in Maryland for a guys’ weekend with some of his groomsmen.

    “This was the only weekend that she was alone down there,” Crystal Strous said.
    Last edited by lstiff; 06-20-2016 at 11:22 AM.

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    Maybe someone possibly upset about the upcoming nuptials, but didn't want to hurt the fiancé or roommate? Arson is a pretty hands off way to kill someone.

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    It is very odd that this was the only weekend she was there alone. If not a random act, then, I wonder if it was arson and murder for hire. So sad....
    Last edited by kaen; 06-20-2016 at 12:40 PM.

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    I am trying to find a more detailed picture and more information about the apartment complex, but it looks like there are a couple different Steele Creek apartments. Anyone have an idea?

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    UN-Named Suspect Arrested in Fatal Arson Fire

    Amanda Strous - W/F/27 - Died From Arson Fire - Charlotte - 18 June 2016

    Amanda Strous :: White / Female / 27 Years Old


    Amanda Strous :: Alumna of Shippensburg University

    Day Three

    Mon., June 20th:

    http://www.wcnc.com/news/crime/cmpd-...rson/248600214
    &
    http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/1-h...-say/350499542:

    "... suspect in the murder... arrested Out-of-State." [Emphasis by Richrd]

    Apartment Complex:

    http://www.enclaveatrivergate.com/

    Earlier Monday:

    http://www.wbtv.com/story/32254097/w...e-in-charlotte:

    "...fire was intentionally set while... Amanda... still inside...

    Detectives do not believe... a random act of violence." [Emphasis by Richrd]

    Plus:

    via Istiff: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/new...e84780987.html
    &
    Tribute from Her Shippensburg, PA, University:


    http://shipraiders.com/news/2016/6/1...us-11-15m.aspx


    Our Salute to Law Enforcement for Their Rapid Results.
    Last edited by Richrd; 06-20-2016 at 02:09 PM.

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    Wow they made an out of state arrest and more news to come!

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    I am local and she worked for the same community college that I do. Just found this out this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwyndolyn View Post
    I am trying to find a more detailed picture and more information about the apartment complex, but it looks like there are a couple different Steele Creek apartments. Anyone have an idea?
    http://www.enclaveatrivergate.com/

    Steele Creek is an area in SW Charlotte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyerFan28 View Post
    I am local and she worked for the same community college that I do. Just found this out this morning.
    So sorry, it is so tragic and senseless. I hope justice is swift!


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    http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/1-h...-say/350499542
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged a man with murder after a woman died in an apartment fire Saturday in Steele Creek.

    Officials charged Mathew Benner, 28, on Monday with the murder of Amanda Strous, 27.

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    An arrest has been made after a college counsellor was found dead in her burning apartment just a few weeks before her wedding. Cops in Nevada arrested Matthew Benner, 28, in relation to the murder of Amanda Strous, 27. CBS Charlotte reports that Benner lived in the apartment above Strous.
    They arrested her neighbor.


    http://heavy.com/news/2016/06/amanda...-cory-michael/

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    Upstairs Neighbor, Mathew Thomas Benner, 28 :: Arrested in NV For Murder & Arson

    Upstairs Neighbor, Mathew Thomas Benner, 28 :: Arrested in NV For Murder & Arson

    Amanda Strous - W/F/27 - Died From Arson Fire - Charlotte - 18 June 2016

    Defendant:
    Mathew Thomas Benner :: Male / 28 Years Old

    Decedent:
    Amanda Strous :: White / Female / 27 Years Old


    Amanda Strous :: Alumna of Shippensburg University

    Day Three

    Mon., June 20th:

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/new...e84780987.html
    &
    http://www.wcnc.com/news/crime/cmpd-...rson/248600214
    &
    http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/1-h...-say/350499542
    &
    http://www.wbtv.com/story/32262667/m...otte-apartment

    Apartment Complex:

    http://www.enclaveatrivergate.com/

    Tribute from Her Shippensburg University, (PA):

    http://shipraiders.com/news/2016/6/1...us-11-15m.aspx


    Our Salute to Law Enforcement for Their Rapid Results.
    Last edited by Richrd; 06-20-2016 at 03:46 PM.

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    http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/06...f_shippen.html

    Authorities were able to locate Benner by tracking his cellphone via GPS, according to news release from the Nye County Sheriff. Deputies found Benner's car parked at a Best Western on the 1100 block of Highway 160...

    During an interview with the sheriff's deputies, Benner confessed to the murder, according to the release.

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    I wonder what the motive was. Maybe he assaulted and killed her and then set the fire to try to cover up what he had done.

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