Jack E. Turner

Jack E. Turner

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP — Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a 21-year-old Cochranton man in connection with a double homicide Saturday at a home on Route 198, according to Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schultz.

“We’re looking for Jack Turner,” Schultz told the Tribune on Sunday evening after a state police press release announced a person of interest had been developed in the case.

Shannon Whitman, 49, and her 10-year-old son were found dead Saturday at approximately 10 p.m. when a family member returned home, according to police. 

Online court records show that Jack Elijah Turner faces a charge of theft by unlawful taking for an incident Saturday in Randolph Township. Turner has not been charged with homicide.

Turner appeared in the Tribune’s “Most Wanted” feature in December when he failed to appear for his formal arraignment after he was charged by Cochranton Police Department with terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another and disorderly conduct.

According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Turner is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. 

State police are also searching for a gray- or silver-colored 2009 Lincoln MKS sedan, license plate KXW5126, that is believed to have been stolen from the victims’ residence.

Anyone with information regarding the case should contact state police at (814) 332-6911.

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