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Person of interest in killing of stepmom, half-brother is captured after multi-state manhunt

Posted at 11:29 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 21:06:23-04

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 21-year-old man sought in connection with the deaths of his stepmother and half brother was captured on Wednesday following a multi-state manhunt, authorities said.

Jack Elijah Turner was taken into custody in Charleston, West Virginia, by detectives with the Charleston, West Virginia Police Department.

Turner is a person of interest in the shooting deaths of his 49-year-old stepmother, Shannon Whitman, and his 10-year-old half brother, Darrin Whitman, who were found dead in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, said Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schultz.

Turner did not live with the victims, Schultz said. The district attorney did not discuss a possible motive.

He was also being sought in relation to an armed robbery at an Ohio convenience store on Sunday, the St. Johns County sheriff's office said.

Turner had been considered "armed and dangerous" before he was captured, authorities said.

"He should be approached with caution and we're hoping that people continue to call the state police regarding his whereabouts," Schultz told ABC News Wednesday morning.

Turner lived in St. Augustine, Florida, before moving to Pennsylvania, and was seen three times in the St. Augustine area on Tuesday, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said.

A person of interested wanted in connection to a double homicide in Pennsylvania may be in Florida.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office and the United States Marshals Service says they are searching for Jack Elijah Turner, 21, who they say lived in St. Augustine before moving to Pennsylvania.

Turner is wanted for theft out of Pennsylvania, but deputies say he is also a person of interest in an Aug. 10 double homicide investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and is also wanted for an Aug. 11 armed robbery targeting a convenience store in Ohio.

According to Penn Live, Turner is wanted for questioning in the double homicide of Shannon Whitman, 49, and her 10-year-old son.

The sheriff's office confirmed that Turner was in St. Augustine as recently as the last 18 hours and has been spotted in the city three times. In each sighting, Turner was spotted in the central portion of St. Johns County in or near the St. Augustine area.

Deputies say Turner has connections in the area and could still be in the county. He is considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information on Turner's whereabouts, you are asked to call 911 or the United States Marshals Service at 1-800-336-0102. Do not confront or try to detain him.