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Three days after a carload of four dismembered bodies was discovered in New Mexico on Friday, a 66-year-old was found murdered in New Jersey – and the same man is wanted for questioning in all five deaths.
When 21-year-old Matthew Miller vanished from the small town of Grants, New Mexico in late January, police were initially suspicious of two of his acquaintances, 39-year-old Jennifer Lannon and 40-year-old Jesten Mata. But as weeks went by and no trace of Lannon or Mata emerged, authorities began to wonder if something bigger was going on, Grants Police Lt. David Chavez said in a phone interview with Oxygen.com.
Their fears were confirmed last Friday when the smell of decomposing flesh led security at an Albuquerque airport to a vehicle on the top floor of a parking garage, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Inside the vehicle, they found the dismembered remains of Miller, Lannon and Mata, along with a fourth victim, 60-year-old Randal Apostalon.
Then on Monday, a 66-year-old man was found murdered in his home in East Greenwich, New Jersey, NBC10 Philadelphia reports. Police are now searching for the same man in connection with all five deaths: Sean Lannon, the 47-year-old ex-husband of victim Jennifer Lannon.
The same day of the East Greenwich killing, Sean Lannon is also accused of trying to burglarize two homes in Monroeville, New Jersey, about 20 minutes away. One resident called police after allegedly spotting a “well-dressed male” carrying a trash bag and a roughly 16-inch knife near his home, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by NJ.com. Another resident allegedly found what appeared to be that same knife and bag left in their house, along with “numerous other items” they didn’t recognize.
Lannon was charged with burglary and attempted burglary, according to NJ.com.
Lannon remains on the run, and authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding him. He was “possibly last seen” at a transportation center in Camden, New Jersey around 3 p.m. on Monday, and he may be driving a blue 2018 Honda CR-V, according to a public bulletin by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.
The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, according to NJ.com.
Authorities are still trying to determine a motive for these incidents, Lt. Chavez told Oxygen.com. They have identified another man, 44-year-old Daniel Lemos, as a person of interest in the Albuquerque murders.
Both Lemos and Lannon are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by the public. Anyone with information on these cases is urged to contact the Grants Police Department at (505) 287-4404 or the Gloucester Prosecutor’s Office at (856) 498-6238
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