Authorities have announced that Ryan Lenard Manigo, the suspect in the investigation of a fatal house fire in South Carolina, has been charged with the murder of his 11-year-old daughter. The prosecutor’s office revealed the charges on Monday, along with an additional attempted murder charge against the lone survivor of the fire, a 13-year-old. The fire claimed the lives of six people, including Manigo’s sister-in-law. The identities of the other four victims are pending confirmation through autopsy. Manigo may face further charges depending on the results of the investigation.
Ryan Lenard Manigo, 33, was charged with two counts of murder in connection with the house fire that resulted in the deaths of six people. The 11-year-old victim has been identified as Shariah Manigo, the suspect’s daughter. The second murder victim is Michelle Marie Wright, Manigo’s sister-in-law. The prosecutor’s office stated that the murder charges carry potential life sentences, which will be determined by a circuit court judge. The identities of the other four victims are yet to be confirmed through autopsy.
The tragic incident occurred in Green Pond, South Carolina, where authorities responded to a fully engulfed residence on Sunday morning. Sheriff Guerry “Buddy” Hill reported that the surviving 13-year-old was found outside the home with cuts and stab wounds. The child, who remains unidentified, was able to provide the suspect’s first name and was immediately airlifted to a hospital for treatment. Manigo was arrested near the scene of the fire, thanks to information provided by family members. The evidence collected has been sent for analysis, and the motive behind the incident remains unknown.
During Manigo’s hearing, family members were given the opportunity to speak. One family member expressed their anger and grief, stating that Manigo would “never be forgiven” for taking away their matriarch, who had cared for him as her own. The family member expressed a desire for the harshest possible charges, even suggesting the death penalty. Manigo is currently in custody and does not have an attorney listed on court records.
The investigation into the South Carolina house fire that claimed the lives of six people, including an 11-year-old girl, has led to the arrest of Ryan Lenard Manigo. Charged with two counts of murder and an additional attempted murder charge, Manigo awaits further legal proceedings. The identities of the other victims are yet to be confirmed through autopsy. As the investigation continues, authorities are working to determine the motive behind the tragic incident.