Police are hunting an Ohio man after four people were found shot to death, including a 7-year-old boy, inside a mobile home, authorities said.
Aaron Lawson is on the loose and charged with three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeffrey Lawless.
The boy was identified as Devin Holston.
“Devin was widely like by all the staff and students,” said Wes Hairston, superintendent of Rock Creek Local Schools. “It’s a tragedy that someone this young would perish by someone in a senseless act of hate or violence,” The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday.
Lawson is related to the victims, authorities said. A fifth person, who arrived home from work at the rural home and discovered the bodies, was stabbed and taken to a West Virginia hospital.
“What we have here is a horrible tragedy,” Lawless said.
The adult bodies were discovered Wednesday night and a missing-child alert was issued was issued for Devin. His remains had been hidden in the trailer and weren’t discovered until Thursday, officials said.
The names of the adults were not released. A motive has not been publicly discussed by investigators.
Lawson was seen about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, driving a blue truck in Ironton, some 15 miles south of the mobile home. Deputies chased lost him after he crashed the vehicle in a ditch and fled into surrounding woods, Lawless said.
Authorities and K-9 units were combing the area.
“We’re confident we will find him,” Lawless said. “We’re not going to stop until we do.”
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