A search is underway for a “person of interest” after three people were shot to death and another survived a stabbing. The violent attacks happened at two separate homes in Ohio. There was also a search out for a missing child, 8-year-old Devin Holston, who lived in one of the homes. However, that missing-child alert was later cancelled. The Associated Press reports that the Lawrence County sheriff's office and the state attorney general's office would not confirm if Holston was found safe.
The bodies of three adults in a house trailer were discovered on Wednesday evening by police. A fourth adult was found stabbed in the head and neck less than half a mile away in another home, the sheriff's office stated. The person with the stab wounds survived and has been flown to a hospital in West Virginia.
Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless told the Ironton Tribune that the victims at the two residences were "related in some way."
On Thursday, deputies found 23-year-old Aaron Lawson 15 miles south of the murder scene. Lawson fled police and crashed his Chevrolet truck into a ditch before running into a wooded area. A search for him is still underway. Anyone with information is urged to call Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 740-532-3525.
Nobody besides the child and “person of interest” have been identified yet. The sheriff's office said releasing further information about the dead and the wounded might compromise the investigation.
Agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are assisting on the case, Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for BCI and the state attorney general's office stated. The AP reports that last year rural southern Ohio was devastated after a still-unsolved homicide case: eight people were found shot to death in four homes in April 2016. Del Greco said there is no indication of a connection between last year’s homicide and this week’s incident as of now.
[Lawrence County Ohio Sheriff's Office]