Husband of Reston woman killed in fire found dead

Firefighters responded to a neighbor\'s 911 call, but say they arrived too late to save the victim. (WTOP/Hank Silverberg)
Fire investigators discuss the homicide

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 5:42 pm

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UPDATE: Wednesday – 2/20/2012, 11:34am ET

WASHINGTON – The husband of the 38-year-old pregnant woman killed in the apparent homicide was found dead on Tuesday in Bandera County, Texas.

Authorities are investigating his death as an apparent suicide.

The husband lived with his wife, Jennifer Pearson, at their home on Waterside View Drive in Reston, Va. Police have not identified him.

EARLIER: Tuesday – 2/19/2013, 3:07pm ET

WASHINGTON – A 38-year-old woman found dead after an apartment fire in Reston early Monday morning was pregnant, Fairfax Police say.

Jennifer Pearson’s death is being investigated as a homicide. She suffered trauma to her upper body as well as severe burns, police said Monday afternoon. Police identified Pearson as the victim Tuesday.

A neighbor in the Waterside View Drive apartments called 911 just after 6:10 a.m. Monday after smelling smoke. But when firefighters arrived, they say that Pearson was already dead.

The flames were confined to one room where Pearson was found, Fairfax County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Riley said Monday.

No other residents in the apartment building are displaced because of the flames, according to the fire marshal.

The cause of the fire and the cause of Pearson’s death remain under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411- TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187″ plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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WTOP’s Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow @hsilverbergWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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