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Sheriff Says Ohio Slayings Suspect Was Worn Out

Sheriff Says Ohio Slayings Suspect Was Worn Out

A 7-year-old boy was shot dead and his body apparently hidden in a home where three adults were found fatally shot and a fourth was stabbed, a sheriff said Thursday as a manhunt for the suspect focused on a wooded area near Ohio's southern tip. Authorities haven't publicly specified why Lawson is a person of interest.

Officials say three people were found shot to death inside a home off of Route 93 in Lawrence County, Ohio after another subject who was stabbed walked to a neighbors house to call for help. The wounded person was flown to a hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. An 8-year-old boy was killed as part of the attack. He did, however, mention that Holston's dog, whose name he thought was Nixon, had been hanging around his property all day with his dogs because it could not go home.

Lawrence County Sheriff's OfficeDevin Holston's pictured in a handout from authorities.

As part of an ongoing investigation, The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is now attempting to locate Devin Holston.

Authorities had initially issued a missing child alert for an 8-year-old boy, Devin Holston, who lived at the home where the bodies were found and couldn't be located after a search of the area, but then canceled the alert. "What we have here is a terrible, awful tragedy".

After a massive manhunt was launched, deputies spotted Lawson in a blue Chevrolet truck half past midnight on Thursday 15 miles from the murder scene.

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None of the dead and injured adults in the case has been identified, as the sheriff's office said releasing any further information would compromise the investigation into the case. Lawson knew the family and had spent time at the home in the past, Lawless said.

Lawson has been described as being 5-foot-9 and is 139 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

The suspect, identified by police as Aaron Lawson, 23, was last seen after a police chase Thursday morning, when he crashed his vehicle into a ditch and then ran into the woods, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said in a press conference Thursday afternoon. He was arrested without incident and is being held in the county jail, Lawless said. A press conference was expected Friday morning.

The search for Lawson included local, tri-state and federal agencies, more than 100 officers, and the use of aircraft, Lawless said.

Agents from Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification are on the scene processing and collecting evidence.

Authorities have said that the October 2017 killings are not connected to the April 2016 slaying of members of the Rhoden family.