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Police: Gaston Co. man faces double homicide charges

Arrest warrants have been issued for a Gaston County man in connection with a double homicide after two bodies were discovered in a house fire Monday, authorities said Friday.

The suspect, Peter James Rivers Jr., 40, was being held in Camden County, Ga., on an unrelated charge. Gaston County police said warrants for two counts of first-degree murder were issued Thursday.

They said Rivers waived extradition, and upon his return to the county Rivers will be served with the warrants.

At 5 a.m. Monday, authorities were called to a fire in the 600 block of Ridgewood Court in the Mount Holly area. Two bodies were found inside the home.

The victims were identified as Bridget McCall Berry, 38, and her 17-year-old son, Treyvon “TJ” Berry. Rivers also lived at the home and was in a relationship with Bridget Berry, investigators said, according to the Observer’s news partner, WBTV.

Gaston authorities said Rivers had been driving a car that was reported missing from the home after the fire. The car and Rivers turned up in Georgia, about 280 miles away, on Tuesday.

Rivers was being held in Georgia, charged with possession of dangerous drugs, Kingston officer Donald Belcher said.

Although police did not say how the victims were killed, they said the Berrys did not die because of the fire and may have died between last Thursday and Monday, WBTV reported.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Gaston County police at 704-866-3320 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704-861-8000.

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