Jack E. Turner

Jack E. Turner

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP — The man being sought in connection to a double homicide at a Guys Mills-area home on Saturday should be considered armed and dangerous, according to a news release from state police at Meadville.

State police are attempting to locate Jack Elijah Turner, 21, who is charged with stealing a gray or silver 2009 Lincoln MKS sedan, license plate KXW5126. The vehicle was missing from the Route 198 home where Shannon Whitman, 49, and her 10-year-old son were found murdered at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday. 

A warrant has been issued for Turner’s arrest in the theft of the vehicle. Turner has not been charged with homicide but state police described him as a person of interest in the case and said he is wanted for questioning in the investigation. 

Turner is described as white with dark brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 145 pounds. He also has a tattoo covering his right hand, has trimmed eyebrows and frequently wears what appears to be diamond stud earrings in both ears, according to police.

A warrant for Turner has also been issued by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office after he failed to appear July 8 for sentencing in an unrelated case in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas. The case resulted from a September incident in Cochranton Borough in which Turner faced misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and disorderly conduct as well as four summary charges. In December, the Sheriff’s Office had previously named Turner its “most wanted” after he failed to appear for his formal arraignment in the case.

Anyone with information on Turner’s location should call Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville at 814-332-6911. Anonymous tips can be submitted via direct messages on Twitter to @PSPTroopEPIO.  

This story has been updated to include new information from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office.

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