ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) -- A Bladen County woman faces two murder charges after a fire early yesterday in Elizabethtown that killed a woman and her 12-year-old daughter. The woman behind bars is 49-year-old Belinda Brown, who lived in the home on Peanut Plant Road until yesterday. Brown's aunt, 49-year-old Marcia Wright and Wright's 12-year-old daughter Yolanda were found dead inside the house.
Investigators searched the home yesterday morning, finding three to four different places with traces of accelerant. They identified Brown as their suspect and tracked her down about 11 last night at the Motel 6 in Lumberton. She is now behind bars at the Bladen County Jail and charged with first degree arson in addition to the two counts of murder.
"In an arson case, often times evidence is consumed and many times arson is the result of a cover-up of another crime," said Bladen Co. Chief Sheriff's Dep. Phillip Little.
In this case it appears that the other crime may have been the murder of Brown's aunt and cousin. There are still questions to be answered in this case. The Sheriff's Office will not comment yet on a possible motive.
The bodies have been sent to the state Medical Examiner's office for autopsies, which are expected to reveal fire as the cause of death.