UPDATED: Texas Murder Suspect On Run In West TN Captured
RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service says a man suspected of killing a Texas couple has been captured in West Tennessee.
U.S. Marshals spokesman Seth Bruce said Donny Lee Greenhow was caught Friday morning. Details on the capture were not immediately released.
Authorities had been searching for Greenhow in a heavily wooded area in Lauderdale County after he was identified by residents and police officers.
Police said Greenhow left his driver's license at a gas station in Ripley on Thursday. An officer ran his license and found that Greenhow was wanted in connection with a double murder in Van Zandt County, Texas.
A capital murder warrant was issued after the bodies of 74-year-old Peter Shick and his 55-year-old wife, Latricia, were found last week in their mobile home in Ben Wheeler, Texas.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Tenn. – A manhunt is on in a West Tennessee State Park, as authorites search for a man suspected in a double murder several states away. The man from Texas is suspected of killing an elderly couple and heading to West Tennessee.
U.S. Marshals said they had been given a heads-up by Texas officials that a man wanted for murder may be headed to West Tennessee. "He does have family members that live in Lauderdale County," said U.S. Marshal Jeff Holt.
Thursday morning, Donny Lee Greenhow, 32, was spotted. "It started in Ripley this morning. The individual went to Walmart, pumped a tank of gas, and was trying to drive off and lost his ID," said Sheriff Steve Sanders.
A search of his name quickly turned up a warrant out of Texas for two counts of murder. Lauderdale County Deputies said they drove up on the suspect down in the river bottoms. He fled from the vehicle and the search began.
According to Marshal Holt, Greenhow is accused of killing a couple last week, after their bodies were found in a mobile home. More than 75 Tennessee agents are now combing the woods of Fort Pillow State Park with tracking crews, dogs, and people on the ground from all the surrounding units.
But Marshal Holt added that it has not been easy. "This is extremely rough; dogs and people burn out so quick because the undergrowth is so thick in the area he went into. We're going along a river bank; you got multiple dwelling, camp sites, and all down through there so it's going to be extremely slow and exhausting process."
Along with being armed and dangerous officials also have to be aware of booby traps since officials said Greenhow has been known to set them before.
Marshals said Greenhow is desperate, wanted, on the ground and will do whatever he can to get away from law enforcement.
If you have seen Donny Lee Greenhow or have information that could help call Lauderdale Sheriff's Department (731) 635-1311 or U.S. Marshals Service (901) 544-3304.