Man Who Allegedly Texted Ex’s Friends for Months Arrested a Year After Former Partner Went Missing

by San Eli News

Brian Sluss, the ex-boyfriend of a North Carolina woman who went missing last year, has been arrested and charged with her murder.

Sluss, 44, was arrested in Bluefield, Virginia, at his parent’s house on Tuesday, reported. He has a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday morning and will be returned to North Carolina soon, the outlet said. Legal representation for Sluss could not be immediately identified by PEOPLE.

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The Holly Springs Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Police had identified Sluss as a person of interest in the homicide investigation of Monica Moynan, 23, last year, PEOPLE previously reported.

Sluss was the last person to see Moynan alive before she was discovered missing in July 2019 after her mother requested a welfare check, according to previously released search warrants. The 23-year-old’s mother told police she had not spoken to Moynan since April, and that she believed Sluss had been texting people pretending to be her for months, WBTV previously reported.

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Monica Moynan, Brian Sluss
Holly Springs Police North Carolina

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Search warrants released in October revealed that investigators found a positive pregnancy test in Moynan’s home. “Monica being pregnant may have been a factor in the incidents that led up to Monica’s death,” the warrants stated.

According to other warrants, Sluss allegedly admitted to pretending to be Moynan, according to WBTV.

Sluss reportedly changed his story about Moynan’s whereabouts several times, claiming at one time that she had become addicted to cocaine and runaway, and at others that she was in a drug treatment center, reported.

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