Note: Ted's handwritten notes on the report are included as footnotes.
Identification Officer:b c yarborough
4. Type of
Gale Kimble/2104 Brandon Station Ct. Pleasant Garden
10. Narrative of Crime Scene:Around 2100 hrs. on 10-09-95, this Technician was dispatched to the scene of a reported Fire/Dead Body Investigation (DBI) at 2104 Brandon Station Ct. in Pleasant Garden. Upon arrival, coordinated with Officer L.D.Jones, G.C.S.D., who related that the residence had been on fire, the fire was now under control, and there was a body on the interior of the residence.
The residence on Brandon Station Ct.
was a single level, single family style residence located in a rural
portion of the county, within the Pleasant Garden Community. The
residence was situated directly on Brandon Station Ct., which was a
cul-de-sac that ran west off of Highway 22. The residence at 2104
was the only residence on the cul-de-sac, and was surrounded by a
large wooded area to the front, rear, and all sides. Due to the
placement of the residence on the cul-de-sac, and the trees and
schrubs, the residence itself was almost totally obscured from
neighboring residences on Highway 22 and the adjacent housing
Upon my arrival to the, I noticed
numerous fire department personnel, vehicles, and equipment set up
both on the street and in the yard of the residence. Officer Jones
had arrived at the scene prior to this units arrival, and had set up
an outer perimeter with the use of yellow barrier tape. The
perimeter was set up in such a manner that fire department and law
enforcement (essential) personnel and equipment could gain access to
the residence, however, non-essential persons were not allowed
access. Officer Jones related fire department personnel were called
to the when a
Once the additional perimeter was in
place, I proceeded to the front portion of the residence to begin an
evaluation of the scene. The exterior portion of the residence
looked to be constructed mainly of wood or wood siding, blue in
color. On the left side of the residence (if facing same) was a
garage/carport. The side walls on the interior of the garage did not
have paneling, the roof and entranceway into the garage were not
completely finished, and the garage did not have a door in place,
which indicated this portion of the residence was still under
construction. The front door of the residence was constructed of
wood. The lower portion of the front door been knocked out, prior to
this units arrival, and presumablly by fire department personnel.
There was what looked to be a large, possibly propane gas tank on
the right side of the residence, which, according to fire
department, had been disconnected.
Other than dark areas above and around the exterior of the windows of the residence, which indicated smoke damage,
there was no
serious fire damage to the exterior of the residence.
I then began to
speak to various on scene personnel in a effort to gain insight on
the condition of the interior of the residence and damage sustained
to same. Officer Jones informed this unit that upon their initial
entry into the residence, which, from this units understanding was
made through a side door leading from the interior of the garage
into the kitchen, fire department personnel discovered what appeared
to be a gasoline can sitting on the floor of the kitchen. When I
arrived, the red in color gasoline can was sitting in the front yard
approximately twenty to thirty (20-30) feet from the front door of
the residence. I then ascertained that Fireman Steve Wilson (No
Further Info), one of the first fire personnel to enter the
residence, noticed the gas can sitting in the floor of the kitchen.
Feeling the can and its position could pose a threat of injury to
other personnel, Wilson moved the can back out of his way. Fireman
Brad Faulk (NFI) then picked the can up and moved it further out of
the way of incoming fire personnel. Faulk handed the can to Fireman
Todd Ross (NFI), who took the can out of the residence and handed it
to the first deputy on the scene, which was Officer Jones. At this
point, I collected the red in color gas can as evidence. The bottom
of the can was somewhat charred and black, and the pour spout of the
can was somewhat melted and pointing in a downward direction, which
indicated an exposure to heat. I then placed additional barrier tape
around a small cluster of three trees near the right side of the
residence and formed a third inner barrier. I placed the collected
gas can inside this perimeter, along with my camera bag and video
equipment, making both "OFF LIMITS" to all other persons at the
I then proceeded
to take both black and white and color photographs depicting overall
and mid-range of the following:
* the gas can collected from the
front of the residence.
I then proceeded into the residence.
As stated prior, access was gained only through the garage/carport
door, which allowed access into the kitchen/dining area. With ones
back to the doorway, the kitchen was to the immediate front. There
was a diningroom set to the right, and further to the right was the
livingroom, which had sustained serious fire and smoke damage. The
front door of the residence (which at the time of this units arrival
was locked and could not be opened) opened into the livingroom. With
ones back to the front door, there was a view of a portion of the
kitchen, as well as the entire livingroom. Located approximately ten
(10) feet from
AThe fire department caused part of the damage to the rooms.
dumped onto the floor in the same
manner. In most cases of ransacking, the contents of the drawers,
when gone through, are strewn about randomly. However, in this case,
two of the drawers were taken out and even looked to have been
placed on the floor, with the contents still intact.A
The body of the victim was discovered
in the hallway of the residence. Scene indicated the floor of the
hallway collapsed, probably from the intense heat of the fire, while
the victim was lying on the floor. When discovered, the body was
lying face down among the rubble of the collapsed floor, in the hole
which had been created, head in the direction of the master bedroom
(if one's back is to the livingroom, facing the hallway). The head
and neck of the victim was bent back and slightly
At this point in my investigation, I
exited the residence, and briefed Cpt. J.W. Clark and Lt. J.G.
Bryant, both of the Guilford County Sheriff's Department, of my
findings to this point, after which time I proceeded back into the
residence to photograph same.
Both black and white photographs were
taken depicting overall and close-up of the following:
APatricia must have come home at this point.
PORTION, ALLOWING ACCESS TO AND FROM
THE REAR PORTION OF THE RESIDENCE)
At this point in my investigation, I
utilized the Hi-8 video camera and walked through the residence,
depicting the interior of the, overall, with particular attention
paid to all of the aforementioned photographed areas.
I then performed a preliminary
walk-thru/search of the interior of the residence, during which time
a semi-automatic handgun (unknown type/caliber) was discovered on
the floor of the master bedroom, under a pillow, near the doorway of
the bathroom. The barrel of the handgun was pointed towards the
doorway of the bedroom, and looked to have been loaded, with
magazine in place. The handgun was equipped with some type of
mechanism underneath the barrel. Mechanism looked to be some type of
light beam sighting devise. Further observation in the same bedroom
revealed a handgun holster on the side of the bed, just above the
handgun. Without altering or disturbing the original postioning of
items, same were photographed, depicting overall and close-up of
At this point in the investigation, I
exited the residence, and once again briefed Cpt. Clark and Lt.
Bryant on these newly discovered items. Lt. Bryant and Sgt. S.
Shaver, C Platoon, G.C.S.D., accompanied this unit back into the
residence. After viewing interior, the decision was made to dispatch
unit #990, Sgt. L.L. Lindell, G.C.S.D. Crime Lab, to assist in the
crime scene investigation.
Sgt. Lindell arrived and was briefed
on status of scene and investigation to this point. I pointed out to
Sgt. Lindell that to this point, photographs, video and an initial
walk-thru and preliminary search (which-revealed the handgun) had
been done, and the only items collected by this unit was the
gasoline container, which was now secured.
I then turned control of the scene over to Sgt. Lindell. We proceeded to the exterior of the residence,
where I assisted Sgt. Lindell in
photographing and processing the small boathouse adjacent to the
residence, which was owned by the victim and her husband. Overall
photographs were taken depicting the exterior of the boathouse, the
boat contained within, and what looked
I then assisted Sgt. Lindell and Ed
Rich, Arson Investigator, Guilford County Fire Department, along
with Jim Cross, Medical Examiner Transport, in removing the body of
the victim from the residence.
Prior to moving, large pieces of
debris, wood, metal, and, as mentioned before, a washing machine,
which was in the family washroom on the right side of the hallway,
had to be removed from the lower torso of the victim. Sgt. Lindell
assisted in the removal of the victim from the collapsed floor, and
I took color photographs depicting the condition and positioning of
the body, which prior to moving could not be seen. The body was then
lifted out of the hole, and additional photographs were taken
depicting the area and materials which had previously been
underneath the body. Further photographs were taken depicting an
area of the carpeted floor which, from all indications at the scene,
could have been the place where the victims head was positioned
prior to the floor beneath the body collapsing. The carpeting was
peeled back, which revealed a reddish colored substance,
The body of the victim was then moved
to the carport and placed on the floor of same.
This unit, along with Sgt, Lindell, Investigator Rich and Crime Scene Technician Stormy Cross, (unit #291) who had arrived at the scene a short time after the body was removed, went through the residence, taking additional photographs and collecting items. I took photographs depicting the condition of the burned furniture in the livingroom, and of what looked to be a burn pattern on the floor of the kitchen. With the assistancee of Investigator Rich, we determined one of the burn patterns on the kitchen floor beared a close resemblance to the size, shape and design of the bottom portion of the gasoline container which had been collected earlier. Also, investigator Rich directed this unit to cut out and collect a portion of the carpet on the floor in the livingroom, specifically a portion from the area of the floor in front of one of the couchs, for further analysis for accelerants.
At this point, no further assistance
was required of this unit. I briefed unit #291 on the status of the
crime scene investigation to this point, then left the scene around
0800 hrs. on 10-10-95, returning first to Greene Street Center, then
NOTE: WHILE WALKING THROUGH THE
MASTER BEDROOM WITH LT. BRYANT AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF THE HANDGUN, I
MOVED THE MIRROR IN THE MASTER BEDROOM, WHICH HAD BEEN TURNED OVER.
PRINTS OF THIS UNIT MAY POSSIBLY BE ON MIRROR.
BRIAN C. YARBOROUGH CRIME SCENE TECHNICIAN
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