Search continues for Lawrence County murder suspect
PEDRO, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) —
Authorities in Ohio and West Virginia are now searching for a man accused of shooting to death four family members, including a little boy.
"Words cannot begin to explain," said Lisa Jackson, as she talks about four of her relatives found shot to death in her sister's Pedro home.
Authorities are not releasing the names of all the victims, but Jackson said they were her sister, mother, stepfather, and young nephew who is under the age of 10.
"He was my little buddy for sure," said Jackson.
Lawrence County Sheriff's officials originally issued an alert saying the boy was missing, but his body was found hidden in the home during a morning search by authorities.
"He enjoyed school, and loved life, nerf ball and typical boy stuff," said Jackson.
Authorities have charged a family cousin, Aaron Lawson, 23, with the violence.
Jackson tells us, her brother-in-law was stabbed by the accused assailant, when he came home and confronted Lawson when he found his family dead.
"There was some words exchanged," said Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless, "that I don't want to disclose at this time."
The stabbing victim now being treated at a West Virginia hospital.
Lawless says they have found a gun believed to be the murder weapon but still have no clues why the violence happened.
Dozens of law agencies including The Franklin County Sheriff's Canine and SWAT teams assisting in the search.
Sheriff deputies chased Lawson Wednesday night, until he crashed his car and fled into the woods. It's believed the accused killer, very familiar with the terrain, may still be hiding in the mountains.
"He seems to have moved around a lot, the helicopters may ping him," said Lawless, "we are pretty confident we are going to get him, not going to stop until we do."