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Newton Sheriff's Office investigates double murder

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect in the Tuesday morning murders of an elderly woman and her nephew.

Lt. Keith Crum said the bodies of the woman and her middle-aged nephew, who was wheelchair-bound, were found inside the woman’s house at 108 Tempie Lane, off Ga. Highway 162, after Newton EMS was called to the scene in response to a report of a person down. Both victims had been shot, Crum said.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshal’s Service were on the scene Thursday evening, canvassing the area and interviewing neighbors, Crum said. He said officials were in the process of contacting family members and talking to them about possible leads in the case. The names of the victims have not been released.

Crum said the Sheriff’s Office had not yet determined a motive in the shootings.

“It looks like there were some items missing from the house, but it will take more investigation to figure out what (the motive) was,” Crum said.

He added that it did not appear that the house had been entered by force and that officials had not identified any suspects in the case.

“It’s still very much a whodunit,” Crum said.

The victims' bodies were discovered by EMTs who responded to the Tuesday morning call. They reportedly attempted to enter the house through the door but were unsuccessful. When they walked to a window to look inside the EMTs saw the body of the man. They climbed inside and discovered the woman’s body in another room.

Crum said both victims’ bodies have been taken to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsies.