Murder suspect’s ex-wife charged in connection with death of Holly Springs woman

Wake County News

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) – The ex-wife of the man charged with murdering Monica Moynan has been arrested in connection with the Holly Springs mother’s death, authorities confirmed to CBS 17 on Tuesday.

Jarlyn Sluss was arrested Tuesday at her Wake County home by officers with the Holly Springs Police Department.

She was charged with felony accessory after the fact – murder and felony obstructing justice in connection with the death of Moynan.

On May 5, Brian Sluss, 44, was arrested in Tazewell County, Virginia on a murder indictment. Moynan, his ex-girlfriend, was last seen in April 2019 and was reported missing in July 2019.

Holly Springs police have been investigating the matter as a homicide since October. Warrants have shown that Moynan and Brian Sluss had a history of domestic violence.

He was identified as a person of interest in the death of the 23-year-old mother. The former couple had two daughters.

Jarlyn Sluss, 36, had been named a person of interest during the investigation.

Search warrants unsealed in November say text messages between Sluss and his ex-wife reveal they wanted to rekindle their relationship.

Investigators also want access to Jarlyn Sluss’ work computer and phone, according to the warrants.

According to warrants on July 19, 2019, Brian Sluss asked Jarlyn to use Moynan’s phone to call Moynan’s apartment manager.  During that call, Jarlyn Sluss “acted as Monica,” the warrant said.

Moynan was officially reported missing on July 23, 2019. According to warrants, on that day Jarlyn Sluss texted Brian Sluss telling him to get at least one day of clothes for himself and his daughters, as well as their birth certificates and social security cards.

Warrants say Jarlyn was interviewed three times by Holly Springs Police in July, and during one of those meetings she recorded a conversation between herself and Sluss. During the call he asked her if he “should run,” according to the warrant.

During another phone call in July, Jarlyn Sluss asked her ex-husband “will they ever find her,” and he replied  “no,” according to a warrant.

In August investigators searched Jarlyn Sluss’ Garner home, and brought a dog with them to try and detect human remains.

Jarlyn Sluss was being processed at the Wake County Detention Center as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

She received a $750,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.

If she posts bond, she will be kept under house arrest with electronic monitoring. She must also not have direct or indirect contact with Brian Sluss.

Moynan’s mother, Melanie, released the following statement to CBS 17 following Jarlyn Sluss’ arrest:

We are so glad to see this second arrest in the pursuit of #justiceforMoni

Jarlyn Sluss had several months to contact us or the HSPD with any information that could have alerted us sooner that something had happened to Monica. Brian called her in a panic on 4/7/2019 according to warrants. They maintained regular contact after this which was not typical. She knew something, but instead of coming forward, she chose to help him which included impersonating Monica as also stated in warrants. And this is just what we know. Ten months later, she has continued to withhold. Justice will now be served.

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