LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Brian Michael Casey of Fort Myers has been charged with the October 15th murder of Ryan Vanderson.
On Friday, October 15, 2010, the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to a house fire at 7705 Victoria Cove, Fort Myers. After the fire was extinguished, investigators located the partially burned body of Vanderson in a pool of blood inside the residence. The body of Vanderson's dog was also located in the home. Due to the nature of the incident, detectives assigned to the Lee County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit assumed the investigation. An autopsy was performed and the cause of death was ruled to be a gunshot wound to the head.
The investigation revealed Vanderson was scheduled to meet with a client, later identified as Brian Casey, at his home on October 15. This is believed to be the last time anyone saw Vanderson alive.
On Wednesday, October 20, at approximately 6:40 P.M. detectives went to Casey's business, located at 93 Mildred Drive, Fort Myers, to meet with him about the investigation. Casey was then taken into custody on an unrelated charge.
Detectives learned through the course of the investigation that Casey shot and killed Vanderson during their meeting on October 15. Casey then poured an accelerant throughout the house and lit it on fire. As a result, Casey has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder and one count of First Degree Arson.
In an unrelated investigation, Casey has also been charged with one county of Using Another Person's Identification and one count of Providing a False ID to a Law Enforcement Officer. Detectives learned that Casey had been using the identity of his brother, who died in 2006.
In lieu of contributions of flowers or donations to help Vanderson family, please donate here: Bank of America - Ryan Olivia Vanderson fund