Ohio police mount manhunt for accused killer of 4, including young boy

Oct. 13 (UPI) — Authorities are searching for a man they believe killed four people in southern Ohio — including a 7-year-old boy — inside a trailer home.

The subject of the manhunt, Aaron Lawson, has been charged with three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder for the crimes. He is also expected to be charged for attacking a fifth person, who was stabbed but survived.

Lawson, 23, was last seen Thursday morning running into a wooded area in Lawrence County after he’d run his pickup truck into a ditch. He is believed to be armed with a knife.

Helicopters, K-9 units, and more than 100 police officers and sheriff’s deputies from departments in three states have scoured the countryside in search of the suspect.

Three adults were found dead in the trailer Wednesday, apparently shot to death. The body of the boy, who lived in the home, was found Thursday after searchers covered the expansive crime scene near the trailer.

“It looked like [someone] had been trying to hide the child in a location that wasn’t obvious for law enforcement to look at,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said.

“We want to bring [Lawson] in and bring him to justice.”

According to authorities, Lawson visited the home frequently and was associated with everyone who lived there. A motive for the deaths is not yet known.

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