Bryson family calls out Henderson County Sheriff's Office for handling of Stroupe case

Relatives of Thomas Bryson told the Mills River Town Council that sheriff's deputies should have caught the suspected killer before Bryson's body was found in a corn field. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The family of a Henderson County man found dead last summer spoke out against the Henderson County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.

Relatives of Thomas Bryson told the Mills River Town Council that sheriff's deputies should have caught the suspected killer before Bryson's body was found in a corn field.

Authorities believe Bryson was kidnapped and killed by Phillip Stroupe II, who was the subject of a manhunt in July 2017. Bryson's body was found July 30 in an Arden cornfield. Stroupe now faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with Bryson's death, as well as numerous other charges.

"My question is, if a similar situation occurred today, would Mills River be protected? Would the town council hold the sheriff accountable for adequate protection of Mills River citizens? Would it be worth a few hours of overtime pay to save a persons life?" Ray Bryson asked.

Relatives called on the sheriffs office to better protect members of their community.

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