An Anchorage man arrested for killing his wife and daughter after their dead bodies were discovered in a burning SUV Saturday night.
34-year-old Tylan Fely is bearing more than a dozen felony charges including first-degree murder and arson. Fely is also charged with misconduct involving a corpse, tampering with evidence, criminally negligent burning and criminal mischief.
2 people were discovered dead in an SUV fire Saturday evening in East Anchorage, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Police tell officers and the Anchorage Fire Department replied to reports regarding the fire just after 11 p.m. at the 200 blocks of Newell Street.
APD tells the Chevy Tahoe was parked in an empty lot and fully engulfed when they noticed 2 people dead inside.
According to charging records, officers discovered shoe impressions, a bloody, multicolored blanket, a partially burned gas can and parts of a handgun at the scene.
Using a partial VIN number, they were capable to discover the SUV belonged to Cecilia Tuuaga, Fely’s wife. Tuuaga’s family members said to police she had been missing since Saturday evening, along with her 13-year-old daughter, known in court records by her initials, N.T. Family members also said to investigators Tuuaga and her husband were enduring marital problems, according to the criminal complaint.
When police interrogated Fely, he initially refused knowing anything about the location of his wife and daughter or the vehicle fire, according to court records. Then, he altered his story and admitted he was in the car with both of them, parked near where the vehicle fire occurred. Later, his story changed again many times, according to the complaint. Fely changed his story, this time with a different explanation of Tuuaga’s death.
“Subsequently, [Fely] modified his story again to detectives and stated that he also fought with Cecilia to get the gun and it unintentionally discharged, killing Cecilia as well.”
According to the record, investigators interrogated a juvenile witness in the home who heard a gunshot.
Through a search warrant, police discovered suspected bloodstains and evidence of a cleanup in the bedroom the witness told that the gunshot came from. Additionally, officers who arrived at the scene of the vehicle fire noted a “defect” to the back of the head of the victim sitting in the driver seat.
Police are relying on the medical examiner to discover an exact reason for death as well as confirmation of the victims’ identities.
The judge, who is expected to set bail, directed a $1,000,000 cash bail for Fely with a third-party custodian. He’s also ordered not to have a meeting with members of the family for now.
A check of Fely’s criminal history unveils he was charged with first-degree murder in 2005, but was cleared after trial and convicted of manslaughter instead.
Fely was sentenced to complete 10 years with 2 suspended. According to the Department of Corrections, Fely was freed on parole in November 2010 and performed his supervision in November 2013.