GLENS FALLS — Police believe they know who killed a young mother and her daughter on Friday, but answers to the question why remained elusive as of early Saturday.
Investigators aren’t sure they will ever know why.
Authorities said Bryan M. Redden, 21, did not offer an explanation for what prompted the attack that left Crystal Riley, 33, and her 4-year-old daughter Lilly Frasier dead with knife wounds in their South Street apartment.
Redden was located around noon Friday, driving Riley’s vehicle in Glens Falls about 90 minutes after a relative of Riley discovered the horrific crime scene at her 148 South St. apartment, police said.
Authorities said Redden was interviewed and provided investigators with a detailed statement that was part of the evidence that led to him being charged.
Police said Redden did not volunteer much about the nature of his relationship with Riley, or why he was at her home at about 6:30 a.m. Friday, around when police believe the homicides occurred.
Glens Falls Police Chief Tony Lydon said investigators continued to work on the case Saturday, including trying to figure out more about Riley and Redden’s relationship.
They knew each other for a short period of time and are believed to have had some sort of a short-term romantic relationship, but Riley’s family did not know her to be formally dating Redden, officials said.
“We are still trying to determine the extent of their relationship,” Lydon said Saturday.
Police believe Redden acted alone, Lydon said.
Police were working to have cellphones examined to see what communication the two had in recent days. State Police forensic evidence technicians were also called in to go over her home and get evidence from Redden’s clothes and body.
Lydon said autopsies on the victims were planned over the weekend, and police planned to update the media on the case Monday.
While Redden boasts of drug use on his Facebook page, police said there was no indication the fatal confrontation was drug-related or that Riley was involved with drugs.
Between the time of the killings and his arrest, Redden had visited a friend who works at SUNY Adirondack and made admissions to her about being involved in the deaths of multiple people, officials said.
That friend went to authorities afterward and was questioned and cooperated with police on Friday.
He had also made a recent post online seeking a room to rent, and told Glens Falls City Judge Nikki Moreschi late Friday that he was homeless.
Friends and neighbors of Riley remembered her Friday as a loving mother of her daughter as well as two older sons who lived with their father. She had worked at a daycare center and as a yoga instructor, and never had any trouble with others, according to friends and neighbors.
Many around the region have reacted with horror at the killing of a mother and child. Others who encountered police roadblocks in the area Friday expressed concern for their children’s safety.
“We definitely are not used to these sort of things happening around here,” Lydon said.
A candlelight vigil for the victims is planned for 7 p.m. Sunday near Riley’s apartment building, at the corner of South and Murray streets, according to organizer Robert Pemberton, founder of a local “Stop the Violence” movement.
Redden, a native of West Virginia who came to the region last summer when working with a carnival rides company, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder Friday night. He was sent to Warren County Jail without bail pending further court action on Tuesday afternoon.