A seven-year-old boy missing after three people were killed in a shooting has been found dead as a manhunt for the killer continues in southern Ohio.
Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless says Devin Holston was shot and his body apparently hidden in the home where three adults were found dead Wednesday evening.
The suspect, 23-year-old Aaron Lawson, is being sought on warrants for charges including aggravated murder.
Officials are hunting for 23-year-old Aaron Lawson who is believed to have murdered four people in the attack including Devin William Andrew Holston, 7, who was found shot dead
The sheriff says deputies spotted Lawson driving around 12:30 a.m. Thursday but lost him when he crashed and ran into woods in Ironton, about 110 miles south of Columbus.
Authorities haven't publicly identified the other three adults found dead at an Elizabeth Township trailer. A fourth adult who was stabbed was flown to a West Virginia hospital.
Deputies found the bodies of three adults in a house trailer in an unincorporated area of Lawrence County at about 7:30pm Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.
The youngster, Devin Holston, also lived at the home and his body was discovered hidden away.
One of two Ironton, Ohio, homes where relatives were found shot and stabbed
Lawrence County Sheriff Jeffery Lawless told the Ironton Tribune that all those involved were 'related in some way.'
Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, deputies spotted Lawson in a blue truck in Ironton, about 15 miles south of where the victims were found, the sheriff said.
Deputies chased Lawson before he crashed his vehicle into a ditch and ran into the woods, the sheriff said.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is assisting Lawrence County in the investigation.
Lawless said schools in the Rock Hill district are closed Thursday because of the attacks.
The initial report about the slayings – violence against multiple people found at trailers belonging to related residents – recalled details from a still-unsolved homicide case that rattled rural southern Ohio last year.
A spokeswoman for the Ohio attorney general's office said Thursday that investigators have no indication of a connection between the cases.
The deaths on Wednesday occurred roughly 40 miles southeast of the Piketon area, where eight people from the Rhoden family were found shot to death in four homes in April 2016.