15 July 2014
But cops caution cause of death still unknown
Brandon Chad Bruce may have been murdered – and the car he was found in may have been deliberately set on fire, according to a search warrant filed in Fluvanna County Circuit Court.
Firefighters discovered Bruce’s body in a blazing car around 1 a.m. on July 3. But how he got there remains a mystery.
The day after Bruce’s death Fluvanna investigators cited his possible murder as grounds for a search warrant. They also referenced the “illegal burning or destroying of personal property” – or arson – of the 1995 Lexus in which Bruce was found.
The warrant gave authorities permission to search for all “mobile phone and text transmissions sent and received, including tower locations, as well as all text message content” for Bruce’s cell phone on the days leading up to his death.
With access to his cell phone transmissions on July 2 and July 3, authorities hope to locate “possible witnesses/suspects and…help track Bruce’s movements” in the hours before his death, according to an affidavit to the warrant.