Authorities in Georgia have issued an arrest warrant in connection with the case of a missing elderly couple who have not been seen since they responded to a Craigslist advertisement about a car.
Elrey “Bud” Runion, 69, and his 66-year-old wife June, of Cobb County, were reported missing by their three daughters Friday when they did not show up to babysit their grandchildren as promised. Family members told WAGA that the couple was last seen in Marietta, outside Atlanta, Thursday morning. They were planning on driving to the small town of McRae, in southeastern Georgia, to look at a 1966 Ford Mustang they were interested in buying from someone on Craigslist.
Telfair County sheriff’s deputies say that they are looking for 28-year-old Ronnie “Jay” Towns. He is currently wanted for giving false statements to investigators, as well as criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.
“We were interested in who last had phone contact with the Runions, and this individual did,” Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson told WMAZ-TV. “We interviewed Mr. Towns early on in the investigation and the info he provided did not corroborate with our investigation.”
Authorities told the station that the last phone number to have contact with the Runions was traced back to a disposable phone. Authorities are using signals from that phone in the hope of finding the couple.