‘Attempted Murder by Fire’ Suspect Sought

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man on suspicion he may be responsible for inflicting serious burns on a vulnerable person. A Sheriff’s statement reports that a nurse with the JMS Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia contacted the Sheriff’s Office October 5th regarding a vulnerable adult burn victim in their facility. The nurse was concerned that injuries may have been intentionally inflicted, resulting in severe burns to the man’s arm and face. The Criminal Investigations Division began investigating and worked with the hospital to make sure the victim would not be in contact with the suspect.

Laurens County Sheriff’s Investigators executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence last Thursday and reported seizing numerous items of evidence. The suspect was not at home at the time and, as of yesterday, had not been located.

On Monday, Sheriff’s Investigator Cook obtained warrants to charge a suspect identified as Joseph Dwain Bryan with Attempted Murder, Kidnapping and Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult. At time of a release yesterday, Mr. Bryan he had not been located. No age or address was noted in the release.

Sheriff’s investigators indicate Joseph Dwain Bryan is possibly in the company of three females, identified as Mary Haggy, Kathy Sanders and Lisa Haggy.

Calling the suspect “an evil individual,” Sheriff Don Reynolds said, “The amount of torture and pain the victim endured at the hands of Joseph Bryan is unbelievable. I want Mr. Bryan to understand, we won’t stop until he’s in jail where he belongs. I’m asking for the public’s help in locating Mr. Bryan so we can get him off the streets.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joseph Dwain Bryan or either of these three woman is asked to call Laurens County Crimestoppers at 864-68-CRIME or call the Sheriff’s Office direct at 864-984-4967.