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Five Dead in Georgia Home; Police Manhunt for Suspect Continues

By    |   Monday, 02 Feb 2015 01:57 PM

Five people were found dead in a Georgia home late Saturday and authorities are now on the hunt for a family member who they suspect might be responsible.

Authorities told 11Alive.com they are searching for 26-year-old Thomas Jesse Lee, who they believe was living at the LaGrange home where the bodies were found. He is the husband of one of the victims, 33-year-old Christie Lee.

The other victims were William Burton, 69; Sheila Burton, 68; Iiaonna Green, 18; and Bailey Burton, 16, according to 11Alive.com.

"We have no solid leads at this time on the location of murder suspect Thomas Jesse Lee," the Troup County Sheriff Office posted on its Facebook page. "He is possibly driving an olive green in color Mazda Tribute . . . with Georgia tag BRN0785."

WSB-TV reported that sheriff's deputies were called to the Troup County residence Saturday evening on a welfare check because a victim had not made it to work in a number of days and no one had seen activity at the home.

Authorities said four of the five victims were shot to death but no guns were found inside the home. It's not clear how the fifth victim was killed, but deputies told WSB-TV that bodies were found in different areas of the house.

"He is not here at the home and we understand there may have been a dispute or something between one of the victims here," Sgt. Stewart Smith, with the Troup County Sheriff's Office, told WSB-TV. "We have not been able to make contact with him at all."

Smith said the sheriff's office is currently running into dead ends as far as to where to find Lee or what may have been taken place before the incident.

"We're doing any tracks we can on the cell phone, any Internet searches, social media searches for him," Smith said, adding there were no previous disturbance reports against him that may have tipped off law enforcement. "Really no past history of calls to the house and we really don't know what led up to this."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations will reportedly conduct autopsies on the bodies Monday in hopes of determining how long the victims have been dead and exactly how they died.

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