Man charged in shooting deaths of missing Georgia couple

Bud and June Runion
Bud and June Runion

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) – A 28-year-old man was charged Tuesday with killing a couple who traveled to rural Georgia seeking to buy a 1966 Ford Mustang through an advertisement placed on Craigslist, an online classified ad service.

Ronnie Towns
Ronnie “Jay” Towns (Courtesy: WSB-TV)

Investigators accuse Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns, 28, of McRae, of killing 69-year-old Elrey “Bud” Runion and his 66-year-old wife, June Runion of Marietta.

They were found dead Monday, shot in the head.

Towns did not enter a plea Tuesday during a brief court appearance, and his attorney declined to comment.

Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson said robbery appears to have been the motive, though he declined to discuss many aspects of the ongoing investigation.

Authorities said there’s no evidence Towns owned the sort of classic car that the Runions wanted to buy.

The Runions’ death represents the latest case in which people responding to online advertisements have been victimized.

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