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Officers Seek Links Between 6 Dead In Tenn., Ala.

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Scene on Huntsville Highway on Monday. Scene on Huntsville Highway on Monday.
Chabreya Campbell Chabreya Campbell
Amber McCaulley Amber McCaulley
Person Of Interest Warren Crutcher Person Of Interest Warren Crutcher

LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – Alabama authorities said they have identified a body they found as that of a man who was wanted for questioning in four Tennessee homicides.

24-year-old Warren Crutcher was named as a person of interest on Monday evening.

Investigators in Lincoln County wanted to speak with him in connection with four murders that took place there, starting early Monday morning.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 22-year-old Chabreya Campbell and her 18-month-old son Rico Ragland, along with 21-year-old Amber McCaulley, of Huntsville, Alabama, were found deceased inside a home on Huntsville Highway in Fayetteville shortly before noon Monday. Campbell was six months pregnant.

Officials said that Campbell's other son, 3-year-old Vincent Crutcher, was found inside the home unharmed. Family members said Vincent had called and notified other family members of the mother's death. 

A fourth body was found around 7 p.m. Monday on Fox Wood Drive in the Highland Park Estates Subdivision. The TBI has identified the victim as 21-year-old Jessica Brown. Officials said her two-month-old son was also found in the home unharmed.

Neighbors told NewsChannel 5 that Crutcher lived in the Fox Wood Drive home with Brown, and that he was the father of her child.

Then early Tuesday morning, a Huntsville Utilities crew found the body of a black male in the woods off the side off B.H. Reeves Road in the Hazel Green community in Alabama.

 U.S. Marshals, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Madison County Sheriff's Office in Alabama all spent several hours at the scene.

Late Tuesday evening, the Madison County Sheriff's Department confirmed the body found was that of 24-year-old Crutcher.

"It's certainly out of character for our town, its out of character for Lincoln County Tennessee, that's why it's important to get out that these are not random spree- type killings," said Chief Deputy Chris Stephens.  "We believe there was a singular reason or event that caused these murders, what that is, we have no idea"

Authorities would not say how Crutcher was killed, except to clarify it was not a suicide, and is being investigated as a homicide.

Also Tuesday morning, a man was found shot to death on Ortega Circle in Huntsville.  Multiple sources have told WHNT the shooting was connected to the deaths in Lincoln County; however, police have not confirmed that.  The victim, Jeffrey Lamar Pope, died.

Tuesday afternoon, NewsChannel 5 asked Chief Deputy Chris Stephens whether the sixth killing was believed to be related to the previous five deaths.  He said  the current investigation had not revealed a connection, but that could change as things move forward.

Investigators in Alabama said that Warren Crutcher's mom posted on Facebook that her son was friends with Pope.

Crutcher's death means they must start over in their search for a suspect.  Authorities also said more than one person could be behind the five murders they now believe are connected.

Autopsy results are now being done on all five victims.  Investigators have not yet said how any of them were killed.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)
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