The mother and son killed in a Randolph Township double homicide Saturday were both shot once in the head, according to Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell.

Shannon Whitman, 49, and Darrin Whitman, 10, were found dead in their Route 108 home when a family member returned home at about 10 p.m.

“Shannon and Darrin Whitman both died of single gunshot wounds to the head,” Schell said after autopsies were completed in Erie today.

Death was immediate in both cases, according to Schell.  

An exact time of death is still being determined, Schell said. State police had previously said the killings occurred between 6:50 and 10 p.m.

A gray or silver Lincoln MKS sedan was missing from the residence when the Whitmans were found. Jack Elijah Turner, 21, of Cochranton faces a felony charge of theft by unlawful taking for allegedly stealing the car.

Turner, the stepson of Shannon Whtiman and half-brother of Darrin Whitman, is also considered a person of interest and is wanted by state police for questioning in connection with the homicides.

Turner remained at large today as police continued their search. He should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police. 

Anyone with information on the case should call state police at Meadville at 332-6911.

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