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In search of suspects' home, investigators take items of interest in Bryson murder case

Authorities searched the house before it mysteriously burned down on Thursday. Court documents show that they found four different items of interest on the property the day after they arrested Phillip Stroupe II. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

New details surfaced over the weekend regarding the murder of Thomas Bryson

Investigators secretly followed the suspect's father to help finally capture his son, accused killer Phillip Stroupe II. Stroupe's father faces accusations he helped his son while the younger Stroupe was on the run.

Documents show investigators met the elder Stroupe at the Starbucks at the Asheville Mall to get his help in finding his son—and also to place a GPS tracker on his vehicle.

Authorities arrested Stroupe II after finding him driving Thomas Bryson's truck, and charged him with kidnapping and killing Bryson.

The documents also provided new details about the search of a home where authorities believe the accused killer hid during the manhunt. The house on Rocky Lane mysteriously burned down last week, and the fire is being investigated as arson.

Investigators have accused Jennifer Hawkins, her boyfriend, and her nephew with letting Stroupe the stay at the house.

Court documents show that investigators found four different items of interest on the property the day after Phillip Stroupe II was arrested. They seized black painted pieces of grass which may be related to Thomas Bryson's silver truck, which authorities say had been partly painted black by the time it was recovered.

Investigators also seized a Walmart receipt, a cellphone and shoe impressions from one of the home's bedrooms. All of this was taken from the house before it burned down.

Investigators also searched the vehicle of one of the accessory suspects, seizing two cellphones and a piece of trim.

As of Sunday, the Buncombe Arson Task Force continues to investigate the house fire.

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