Telfair County police informed the Associated Press that two bodies have been found during the search for an elderly couple from Marietta, Georgia, who went to see a car they were considering purchasing from Craigslist.
Bud Runion, 69, and his wife, June Runion, 66, had responded to an ad on Craigslist and were last seen on Thursday. The Runions had placed an ad with Craigslist seeking to buy their vintage dream car — a 1966 Mustang. Family members told ABC News that the couple had wanted to buy that car “since they were married decades ago.”
Sadly for them, however, their ad was answered by 28-year-old Ronnie Towns, who neither owned a mustang nor had one to sell. The trip the Runions made to Telfair County to purchase their dream car was their final destination.
Although they are yet to be identified, two bodies have been found, as well as the SUV owned by the Runions. Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson revealed to ABC News that they regretted informing the family of how this case has turned out.
“It’s not the outcome we had hoped for, but obviously it’s one we have to deal with.”
The Runions’ daughters reported their parents missing on Friday when they failed to show up after promising to babysit their grandchildren, which was very unusual.
It wasn’t until Monday that the couple’s 2003 GMC Envoy was found “submerged in a lake” with two unidentified bodies found not far away.
Fox News reports that Sheriff Steverson revealed police were able to trace the Runions’ last communication to a disposable cell phone which had been purchased by Towns.
Police had questioned Towns soon after the couple disappeared. However, Towns’ family got involved and arranged for his arrest on charges of criminal intent to commit deception and lying to investigators. Towns eventually turned himself into the police on Monday. Towns has no prior criminal record.
Sheriff Steverson stated, “We’ll wait and gather the evidence at the scene. We’ll analyze the vehicle, the bodies, and hopefully we can come to some conclusion as to how they met their fate.”
While the family is asking for prayers and support during this tragic time, officials with Craigslist warns their patrons, “Be especially careful when buying/selling high-value items.”
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